Alex Ovechkin has arrived on the scene in the Stanley Cup Final.
No. 8 tallied his first ever championship series goal in his fifth period on the grandest stage, burying one on the power play to give Washington the lead in Game 2.
With Alex Tuch in the box for a cross-check on John Carlson, the Capitals’ lethal power play — and one of their key advantages in the series — set up, and took over.
Nicklas Backstrom got it started, throwing the puck down to Lars Eller on the goal line who one-timed a slick feed across the crease to Ovechkin before the big Russian banged one by the blocker of Fleury for his 13th of the playoffs.
Lars Eller, who has seen moments of brilliance so far this postseason, was playing in Evgeny Kuznetsov’s usual spot on the team’s first power-play unit after the latter was injured off a hit in the first period.
He’s unlikely to return to Game 2.
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