The Washington Capitals, after admiring a blizzard that blanketed the D.C. area with record-breaking snowfall, played a little mother nature themselves Sunday, storming back for a 5-4 overtime victory against the rival Pittsburgh Penguins.
Right wing Eric Fehr tallied an important, great individual effort goal to keep the Caps alive in the 2nd period and right wing Mike Knuble lit the lamp to end it in OT, but as is so typical, it was left wing Alex Ovechkin that left the red-clad masses begging for more (and looking for their hats).
The Caps battled back and won their 14th straight game, tying them for the third longest winning streak in NHL history, and Ovechkin moved back into sole possession of the NHL goal-scoring lead (42) as he bagged the team’s first hat trick of the season.
#8 proves he is a money player constantly, especially when more eyes are upon him. But what will be memorable today for the Ovi legend is his “cashing checks and breaking necks Nikons” score.
On a sick, up-ice, outlet pass from defenseman Jeff Schultz, Ovechkin gathered it in for the breakaway and ripped it past Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. In doing so, he smashed the goalie-cam in the back of the net. Check out the attached screen grabs from NBC’s coverage below (as well as the game winner from Knuble).
I’ll take dented twine anytime from the Caps, but it was pretty fun to see Ovechkin find a new way to make a goal memorable.
Related stories of note:
NHL.com re-cap: Ovi nets three, Caps rally for 14th straight
On Frozen Blog: Cheers to 14