This stat proves Alex Ovechkin loves playing on Super Bowl Sunday

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This stat proves Alex Ovechkin loves playing on Super Bowl Sunday originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

There's something about Super Bowl Sunday that takes Alex Ovechkin's play at another level. 

Whether it's the excitement of the day, the opponent that day, or perhaps wanting to perform when the world is watching, Ovechkin has produced at an elite level the day of the NFL's biggest game. That was no different in 2021. 

Scoring twice and providing two assists for a dominant four-point performance in the Capitals' 7-4 loss to the Flyers, Ovechkin was on the top of his game all afternoon. The left-winger is now second all-time in career points on Super Bowl Sunday. 

It started when Ovechkin received a Tom Wilson pass on a first-period power play and sent a rocket past Flyers netminder Carter Hart to open the game's scoring. Soon thereafter, he returned the favor with this incredible dangle deke before setting up Wilson to give Washington an early 2-0 lead. 

That lead wouldn't last, of course, as the Capitals struggled to defend and Vitek Vanecek was pulled for veteran Craig Anderson. Ovechkin didn't stop terrorizing Flyers' defensemen on the other end, though. 

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Ovechkin scored from the point with a long-range cannon that made it past Hart to halt Philadelphia's momentum. Then, a perfect one-timer hit Nicklas Backstrom, who finished with his backhand inside, for his fourth point of the game. 

That point gave Ovechkin 18 points all-time while playing on Super Bowl Sunday, tying Johnny Bucyk for the second-most in NHL history. Phil Esposito's 32 points on 16 goals and 16 assists are the most career points scored on Super Bowl Sunday. 

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Sunday marked the 29th time Ovechkin produced four points in a single game, the second-most since he came into the league. Only Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby (34) has produced more. 

As Ovechkin climbs the all-time goals leaderboard, he showed his ability to set up his teammates on national TV - something that had been a knock against him during his 15-plus years with Washington. Now with 12 goals and six assists, Ovi can be proud of his individual performance even if it didn't translate to a win.

OddsMoney LinePoint SpreadTotal Points
Washington
-139+1.5O 6.5
New Jersey
+120-1.5U 6.5