Ovi is in a good mood, nice!
Ovi hits the ref:
Sorry, buddy, are you alright?
Ovi played great vs Toronto. Yeah, he was -1 and didn't score, but at times he looked authentic to #8 who led the league for 4 years in a row. He's back!
Ovechkin's stats in the 1st:
total ice time 05:31, 7 shifts, average 00:47, PP 00:33, short handed 00:09, even 04:49, 2 shots on goal, 1 attempt blocked, 1 hit
in the 2nd:
1 assist, -1, total ice time 07:01, 8 shifts, average for the game 00:50, PP 02:41, short handed 00:09, even 09:09, 5 shots on goal, 1 missed
in the 3rd:
1 assist, -1, total ice time 08:10, 7 shifts, average for the game 00:56, PP 02:54, short handed 00:09, even 09:09, 1 shot on goal, 1 missed, 1 hit, 1 giveaway, 3 blocked shots
1 assist, -1, total ice time 20:42, 22 shifts, average 00:56, PP 06:08, short handed 00:09, even 14:25, 8 shots on goal, 3 attempts blocked, 1 missed, 1 hit, 1 giveaway, 3 blocked shots
3 blocked shots in the 3rd! Like Hendricks said, "Ovi blocked shots because he was in the right position, right place defensively." I still lobby for putting Ovi on the ice short-handed, it will increase his ice time, it will improve his defensive play.
Put 3 euros on one line and you can see the magic, that what Backstrom's line did. The the magic, the creativity, fun to watch! I am sick and tired of watching dump 'n' chase hockey, just like anyone is sick and tired of dumb trap that took over the world. Dale Hunter is a genius putting Ovechkin-Backstom-Semin together, as if he read my post here:
Caps are becoming a simpleton team, a dump 'n' chase team, just like Chimera. You will never utilize a full potential of European players like Semin, Backstrom, Johansson, Ovechkin playing like that. Besides that you are becoming too predictable to the opponents. What's the point of drafting Russian players like Evgeny Kuznetsov? He'll arrive and you'll tell him, dump the puck and chase it?
And Dale's answer is NO. Thank you, Sir.