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Unbelievable comeback by the Capitals in the 3rd period of a must win game over Atlanta lead by Alex, the Great.
Down 1-3 at the end of 2 periods the Capitals lay siege to the Atlanta net for the whole 3rd period and come away with a 5-3 win despite incredible goaltenting by the Thrashers’ Kari Lehtonen.
Alex Ovechkin scores 2 goals and reaches the elite 60 goals plateau (first time any player scored 60 in one season in 12 years!) while adding 2 primary assists, as well, for a total of 4 points in this game.
Sergei Fedorov looks like he’s pretty excited about his trade to the up and coming Washington Capitals. So much so that he has decided to bring back the old time tradition of playing without a helmet. OK, not really, but…
Skating on the Caps second unit between Brooks Laich and fellow Russian Alex Semin the future Hall of Famer looked like he was 25 again in his debut against the East leading New Jersey Devils. A couple of big hits, blocked shots and a sweet no look pass on the Washington’s first goal in a 4-0 road demolition of the Devils has the Caps GM George McPhee and coach Bruce Boudreau smiling from ear to ear.
Overall, Fedorov looked like he hasn’t lost much in terms of his incredible skating ability and it just might be that Boudreau’s wide open, aggressive style of play suits his game far more than the defensive oriented, trapping style of the Columbus Blue Jackets, a team where he was basically relegated to a checking forward. Heck, Fedorov was immediately inserted into the Capitals first power play unit and it looked mighty fine right off the bat (or is it stick?) prompting the Devils announcer Mike Emrick to rave about the lightning quick puck movement, Devils goalie Marty Brodeur to fish the puck out of the net after a gorgeous goal, and Devils coach Brent Sutter to look even grimmer than when he’s happy.
Looks like the Capitals have officially replaced the injured Michael Nylander (out for the season) with a legitimate second line center who is still a great defensive player, is in top 20 in the NHL in faceoff winning percentage, and just might be reinvigorated offensively by their wide open style.
Combined with Fedorov’s newly found excitement for playing hockey this might be good news not just for the Capitals, but also for the NHL as a whole. With the possible exception of the Carolina Hurricanes.
We know two things. One. Boudreau’s 9-year old son is loving it. Sergei is his favorite hockey player. Two. Theo Ruth can always tell his grandkids that he was traded for Sergei Fedorov, mano e mano or tovarisch for tovarisch.
Well… if Alexander Ovechkin was the only man to show up to play tonight he still would have gotten a tie against the Canadiens. Alas, his teammates were on the ice as well and aside from scoring 4 goals for the 2nd time in his NHL career (and for the 2nd time this season) there was also the matter of setting up his fellow countryman Viktor Kozlov for a tap in.
The Capitals almost wasted an amazing performance by their incredible #8 letting the Canadiens come back from a 3-0 deficit with a pair of late goals in the 2nd and 3rd periods. Very late goals, as a matter of fact. Montreal got back to within 1 with just 0.4 seconds left in the 2nd (making the score 3-2), then scored the tying 4th goal with 32 seconds left in regulation.
As we watched in disbelief and wondered to ourselves what does Ovechkin have to do to win this one for the Caps (he had a hat-trick and a primary assist by then) we also thought… well, it is quite simple, is it not? He’ll just have to score another goal in overtime. That way the Capitals won’t be able to screw it up again (overtime being sudden death and all). And that is exactly what he did!
So here’s tonight’s tally for the Amazing One: 4 goals, including the game winner in overtime, a primary assist on the only goal he didn’t actually score himself and a small matter of 5 hits, 3 of which were highlight reel material. And by the way… This 5 point, 4 goal performance has moved Alex into the sole possession of the first place in the entire NHL for both, goals (43) and points (70).
Is there anything this man cannot do? Oh yeah, he wasn’t able to get on the starting roster of the All-Star game. Go figure. One more thing. Don Cherry is still pissed off that he’s not Canadian.
P.S. We ARE NOT worthy!!!