Alex Ovechkin moved to 26 goals on the season in the Washington Capitals' 6-5 shootout win over the Tampa Bay Lightning, which is impressive, since it puts him 5 goals ahead of the next-closest guy, St. Louis's Alex Steen.
But it's even more impressive when you consider that Ovechkin began the day just one goal up on Steen. Ovechkin scored four times Tuesday night, becoming the third player this season to do so after Tomas Hertl and Tyler Seguin.
And, like Hertl, the fourth tally is probably something we'll be talking about for awhile:
A clutch goal in the game's dying seconds, followed by a classic, charged Ovechkin celebration. (The only thing more charged than an Ovechkin celebration is the opponent he hits in the corner. Heyo!)
With just 32 seconds remaining in regulation and the Capitals down by one, Ovechkin stepped into a one-timer, and after it found its way into the goal to tie the game, The Great Eight leapt in the air, then dove to the ice like Ryan Kesler, except happier, before popping back to his feet to be mobbed by his teammates.
Good luck criticizing him for that goal celebration, Don Cherry. Ovechkin may have celebrated hard, but we all know that Joe Thornton would have celebrated harder, and he's a good Canadian kid.
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