Alex Ovechkin is simply the greatest goalscorer in the National Hockey League today. Even if you’re just a casual hockey observer, you have seen the name Ovechkin on more highlight reels than any other player. The thing I like about Ovechkin this year more than ever, I believe he has become a complete player.
Taking on an even bigger leadership role for the Washington Capitals. Yet, he has not sacrificed individual skill, Ovie is a game-breaker. This afternoons ridiculous individual effort wasn’t enough, as the New York Rangers managed to hold onto a 3-2 victory on home ice to even the series, (1-1). Earning a split at Madison Square Garden’s has to have Washington feeling good about themselves despite this loss. After all, the New York Rangers were the best regular-season team in the National Hockey League this year.
These type of ridiculous goals are nothing new for, Alex Ovechkin. Having said this, It has been well documented that even with great individual skills, Ovie has not been able to carry the Washington Capitals deep into the playoffs. However, as I mentioned earlier, because of the system Washington currently plays, Ovie looks like a different player this time around. Hence, this series is a lot closer through the first two games then many experts predicted.
If you are a daily fantasy sports player, like myself, today’s result was a good one. As all the top fantasy performers produced: Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves. Chris Kreider scored. Derick Brassard scored Dan Boyle scored. Rick Nash and Martin St. Louis recorded helpers. On the Washington Capitals side: Top prospect, Evgeny Kuznetsov continues to impress as he netted his fourth of this postseason.
And, of course, you have the ridiculous individual effort, by none other, than, Alex Ovechkin that inspired this whole post. I would not blame you, if you watch it again, and again.
In my opinion, this is the most intriguing series so far in the playoffs. The New York Rangers have the speed. While, the Washington Capitals have the size. I know I can’t wait for Game 3 to see which one of these elements wins out.
With the Washington Capitals responding so well on the road, in one of the most intimidating buildings in sports history. it will be interesting to see if the New York Rangers will be able to respond accordingly as the series shifts to the Verizon Center in D.C.