It wasn't exactly pretty, nor was it the type of goal you might label "Ovechkin-like." Effective it was, and that's all that matters to the Washington Capitals.
After the Rangers tied Game 2 at two goals apiece five minutes earlier in the third period, Brad Richards took an ill-advised holding penalty at 12:29 in the stanza, giving Washington the man advantage.
Off the draw in the Rangers' end, center Nicklas Backstrom won the faceoff back to Ovechkin, who spun and skated to center point and unleashed a wrist shot that beat Henrik Lundqvist. It was the go-ahead goal and the eventual game-winner just four seconds into the power play.
As if that dagger didn't quiet Madison Square Garden enough already, Ovechkin celebrated by skating to center ice, holding an open hand to his ear as if to say, "I can't hear you."
That, after the Ranger crowd serenaded the "Great 8" for almost six full periods of "Ovi Sucks, Ovi Sucks."
Apparently, he who laughs last laughs the loudest.
Ovechkin's goal was just his first point of the series and sixth of the playoffs—not typical of such a world-class player. Still, his team got the all-important road split in New York and heads back home tied at 1-1 with the Eastern Conference's No. 1 seed.
Game 3 is scheduled for Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. ET in the nation's capital.
Ryan O'Leary is a writer and researcher for Bleacher Report's Video Production Department with seven years of experience in sports media.
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