February 05, 2010
The Washington Capitals star's goal on Thursday night against the New York Rangers symbolized that: His great one-on-one move; his ability to get a shot off with only his left hand on the stick; and then a little luck, as the puck found its way over Henrik Lundqvist's(notes) pads and into the net. Take a gander:
We imagine the post-goal conversation between Ovie and Henrik went something like this: "Why are you smiling?" "Because I know something you don't know." "And what is that?" "I ... am not left-handed!"
Ovechkin, who became the ninth player to reach 500 career points in his fifth season, sparked the comeback with one of the niftiest goals of his career at 19:51. The two-time MVP bolted into the New York zone like a runaway bull, deftly slipped the puck between defenseman Michael Rozsival's skates, then pushed the puck past Henrik Lundqvist with only his left hand on his stick.
"It will be in the top 30," Coach Bruce Boudreau said when asked to rank the goal among Ovechkin's all time greatest. "He scores a lot of nice ones."
It might be top 10, with these goals as the widely accepted Top 4 and this list by AskMen.com having ranked his Top 10 goals. Of course, the great thing about Ovechkin is that these lists need to be updated annually -- sometimes monthly.
The Capitals beat the Rangers, 6-5, in a wild game to secure their 12th win in a row. Ovechkin now has 38 goals, tied with Patrick Marleau(notes) of the San Jose Sharks and one ahead of Sidney Crosby(notes) of the Pittsburgh Penguins.