Why Alex Ovechkin's shot is so hard to stop, according to Braden Holtby

J.J. Regan
·2 min read

Alex Ovechkin has already established himself as one of the best goal scorers of all-time. In his career, he has scored a number of highlight-reel goals, but there is one goal in particular that we see over and over again.

Ovechkin will go to his "office" in the faceoff circle and hit a one-timer into the back of the.net. We all know it's coming and yet no one can figure out how to stop it other than just trying to keep him from getting the puck. Even the best goalies in the world can't seem to figure out how to stop that one-timer.

As his teammate, Holtby has seen more of Ovechkin's shots than any other goalie in the league because he sees them in practice, and he is not surprised that no goalie out there has been able to crack the code.

"I definitely know why no one else can figure it out because it doesn't go where it's supposed to," Holtby said Monday in a video conference. "It's like a pitcher in baseball who throws a 95 mile-an-hour knuckleball. It moves like crazy."

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You would think that Ovechkin would tone it down in practice and go easy on his own netminders, but Holtby explained that it took some time for Ovechkin to realize just how hard he could shoot the puck.

"In practice, we had some run-ins early on in my career because if you shoot that hard, you don't really understand it," Holtby said. "I think he figured it out after a while once our coaches made us switch the starting goalie on the power play units so he didn't hit us anymore."

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