Ovechkin does it again! (Just as I’ve said before.) He shoots—he scores—sometimes from the most unrealistic vantage points. However, his two goals were not enough to give the Washington Capitals the victory in Saturday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
In the opening minutes of the game the puck never left the Penguins' end. It appeared as though the Capitals were on an extended power play, as Pittsburgh gave the puck away several times in the first period. Just as it was all Caps, Jordan Staal scored to put the Penguins ahead. Not to be undone, Ovie scored to tie the game one minute later.
After that, Washington stepped up the tempo midway into the second period and had a few scoring chances. Niklas Backstrom put Washington ahead at the 14:35 mark of the second. Rusian Fedatenko scored for the Penguins early in the third period to tie the game again, but a wrist shot from Matt Cooke found the net at the 6:27 to put the Penguins in the lead.
The game became another one of those nail biters, and with three minutes left Alexander Ovechkin scored again, and it looked like overtime was imminent—which it was.
Overtime was fast action, with bodies flying everywhere, until a penalty to Washington gave Pittsburgh an opening and Evgeni Malkin scored with two seconds left in the penalty off of Capitals stick owned by Tom Poti, to give the Penguins the game and a 3-2 edge in the series.
Is tonight the final chapter to this incredible series between the best players in the NHL?
I, for one, hope there is a Game Seven to allow all of us the opportunity to witness the most exciting hockey of the 2009 play-off season.