Alex Ovechkin found the back of the net in Wednesday's 4-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.
Advice: Ovechkin opened the scoring with one of his signature one-timers just 1:02 into the game and the Caps never looked back. He finished the game with a plus-1 rating, four shots on goal and five hits in 17:38 of ice time. The 32-year-old accumulated seven points in seven games during the Eastern Conference Final and he'll now be heading to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in his career. Ovechkin now has 12 goals and 22 points in 19 games this postseason. Andre Burakovsky (twice) and Nicklas Backstrom (empty-netter) also scored for the Capitals, who will take on Vegas for all the marbles. Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final will be played in Las Vegas on Monday night.
Alex Ovechkin scored one goal in 17:38 of ice time in the Capitals' 4-0 win over the Lightning on Wednesday. He took four shots and had a plus-minus of +1 for the game. Ovechkin now has 12 goals on the season.
Alexander Ovechkin admitted that Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final is the biggest game of his career.
Advice: "I'm excited. We're all excited. ... We all want to be in this position and move forward," said Ovechkin. "(Wednesday night) is probably biggest game in my life, this team, organization probably. ... We still haven't reached our goal. Tomorrow is going to be a huge step forward." The 32-year-old has never been this close to a berth in the Stanley Cup Final. He'll head into this game with 11 goals and 21 points in 18 games this postseason.
Alex Ovechkin has one 5-on-5 goal during the Eastern Conference Final and it came back in Game 2 against Tampa Bay.
Advice: Ovechkin recorded just one shot on goal at 5-on-5 in Game 5, but he has been productive in the series with three goals and three assists through five contests. If the Capitals don't get many power plays in Game 6 then the team will need more from Ovechkin on Monday night at even strength.
Alex Ovechkin had 16:55 of ice time in the Capitals' 3-0 win over the Lightning on Monday. He took four shots and had a plus-minus of even for the game.
After surprising the hockey world by winning the first two games of the series on the road in Tampa, the Washington Capitals dropped the next two games at home and will head back to Florida with the series tied at two.
Advice: "If before the series you said it's going to be 2-2 after four games, both teams are going to be happy," center Evgeny Kuznetsov said. That's probably true but the fact of the matter is, 21 other team's have opened up a Conference Final by winning the first two games and all of them went on to the Stanley Cup Final. Could Washington's playoff failures continue this year after finally knocking out the Pittsburgh Penguins in the playoffs? Unfortunately for them, their own playoff history is not on their side as they have lost the last two playoff series in six games after winning the first two on the road (1996 and 2003). "If you keep thinking about what happened in the past, maybe you get stuck in your head," center Nicklas Backstrom said. "It's a new day (Saturday) and a new game. We're all excited about that."
Alexander Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov are closing in on the Capitals' franchise record for points in a single year's playoffs.
Advice: Ovechkin already holds the record with 21 points set in the 2009 postseason. Kuznetsov has tied that mark and Ovechkin currently has 20 points. There is a very good chance that both of them will set a new franchise standard for postseason scoring.
Alex Ovechkin scored one goal in 20:16 of ice time in the Capitals' 3-2 loss to the Lightning on Saturday. He took three shots and had a plus-minus of -1 for the game. Ovechkin now has 11 goals on the season.
The Washington Capitals appear to have made the decision to move Alex Ovechkin from his usual spot on the left circle of the power play to the right side.
Advice: Ovechkin has made a living blasting one-timers from the left circle for 13 years and it would be a shock to see him anywhere else on the power play. The Capitals also experimented with a few different looks that included T.J. Oshie manning the point with the man-advantage. Washington will likely need their power play to fire on all cylinders if they want to take back control of this series Saturday tonight. Ryan Callahan did a great job at taking away the Ovi slap shot in Game 4 and moving around the Russian winger could be the solution to break his modest two-game goal drought. It's worth noting that T.J. Oshie mentioned after practice that he and his teammates were just messing around.
Alex Ovechkin scored a goal in Washington's 3-2 Game 5 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Advice: Trailing 3-1 late in the game, Ovechkin took a pass from John Carlson and blasted a one-timer by Andrei Vasilevskiy to get the Capitals to within one with just over 90 seconds remaining in the game. Unfortunately for the Caps, they could not muster up anything else in the dying moments of the game. After going up 2-0 in the series, the Caps have now lost three straight and run the risk of being eliminated from the post-season on Monday in Washington. Evgeny Kuznetsov also scored in the loss.