Alex Ovechkin, fresh off his engagement to the insanely hot Russian model Nastya Shubskaya, wasted no time reminding everyone why he’s one of the best hockey players on the planet by tying a New Jersey devils player in a pretzel before going top shelf midway through the third period to put the Caps ahead 3-2. Washington would tack on two more goals to pull out a 5-3 victory.
After the game, Ovechkin’s teammates expressed their befuddlement with their captain’s skill.
Said Caps left-winger Jason Chimera,
“That’s what the fans pay money to see. Just a world-class goal by a world-class player. You don’t see that. A lot of guys would fall down if they tried that kind of stuff.”
Capitals Coach Barry Trotz lamented on the goal.
“When he gets a guy one-on-one, there’s a good chance he’s going to create something out of it. I’ve only been here a short time. … They’re on SportsCenter every day or on the NHL Network. They show all his goals, and they’re pretty special.”
And Washington Defenseman Brooks Orpik:
“I remember playing against him, and then [the Capitals] had Alex Semin, who was similar. They have that unique ability where they can shoot the puck from behind their feet with no follow through, so you’ve got to respect that. Then if you overplay it, that’s what he can do to you, too.”
Mid-season form. Can’t wait to see what other magic Ovi’s got in his bag of tricks this season. Welcome back, NHL. Welcome back.
[h/t Washington Post]