Alex Ovechkin Is On Fire..Or His Stick Is Atleast

Zach EvansContributor IMarch 20, 2009

SUNRISE, FL - FEBRUARY 15: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals scores a first period goal against the Florida Panthers on February 15, 2009 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Last night Washington Capital Alex Ovechkin scored his league-leading 50th goal in the Caps's 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Caps played somewhat sloppy in the opening and second periods. Perhaps the team was a bit distraught from the two disallowed goals.

I was in pure "yell at the TV at the top of your lungs" mode when Semin's goal got disallowed for an extremely cheap hooking call, but the Caps were able to rebound nicely.

They cranked up the heat up in the third period, scoring three times in 10 minutes to seal the game away for the Capitals.

The real star if the night was Ovechkin who, after scoring his 50th goal, proceeded to drop his stick on the ice and wave his hands over it up and down as it were too hot from him to touch it.

I'm sure we will hear from Don Cherry momentarily about this incident. Even Tampa Bay head coach Rick Tocchet wasn't amused.

"I think he's a terrific player. He went down a notch in my books after that," Tocchet said. "It's not something I like. It's hard for me to accept, to see something like that in our building."

Earth to Tocchet: The best player in the game is right there celebrating in front of you. You should be honored to get to watch him dazzle the NHL arenas with his moves.

OK, so I'm just a tad biased on the Capitals.

But seriously, you can't tell me for a second that you didn't enjoy that celebration. That's the kind of fun hockey needs in the game, and Ovechkin brings it to you every damn night of the season.

I love watching him play and I love his celebrations. Even Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said he doesn't think this will be the last creative celebration for "The Great 8".

"He's got a shot that's second-to-none, and he's got a determination that's second-to-none," Boudreau said. "There's going to be more seasons where he's going to get more than 50, more than 60 and maybe even 70 before he's done yet."


I will be the one of the first ones screaming my head off when that does happen.