Four months without competition and Alex Ovechkin is already in full postseason form.
Through the first two periods on Wednesday, Ovechkin already bagged a couple goals against Carolina in the lone exhibition game before the Capitals take on Tampa Bay in the round-robin seeding games.
The first of his two goals was as vintage Ovi as ever, collecting a loose puck from his usual spot on the right-wing before slinging a powerful slap shot past the Canes goaltender.
Only fitting Ovi would score the Caps' first goal - from the office - after 143 days of no hockey pic.twitter.com/lcWYt7fmGJ— NBCSports Washington (@NBCSWashington) July 29, 2020
Washington's second goal of the exhibition came on more rapid puck movement, with a Dimitri Orlov hockey assist feeding an open Ovi on the backside, who dinked it over to Evegny Kuznetsov for an open-net score.
Stop us if you've heard this one before: 3 Russians walk onto the ice...— NBCSports Washington (@NBCSWashington) July 29, 2020
...and score. pic.twitter.com/3vf2k4JQjv
Then, Ovechkin got Washington's third. It was a beautiful drive along the right wing from "the best scorer in the league" Tom Wilson, who fed a naked Ovi on the backside to lengthen Washington's lead to two. The chemistry between the two star forwards was on display as though the two have been drawing it up on the team Zoom sessions during the quarantine.
3 goals, 3 points. Ovi is in postseason form. pic.twitter.com/UbMP2uA0GE— NBCSports Washington (@NBCSWashington) July 29, 2020
If those first two periods are any indicator of the NHL's restart, the league's defenses will have to be back to the drawing board when game-planning for one of the best goalscorers the sport has ever seen. And no, David Pastrnak, we're not talking about Tom Wilson here.
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Alex Ovechkin scores twice early in Capitals' exhibition against Hurricanes originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington