Well Dobriy vecher, it’s been a long time, we have been waiting for you. The most frequent winner of From Russia With Glove’s Comrade of the Night award, it only took Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin three days into the 2010 season to make his first appearance. After a somewhat quiet opening game, by his standards, as he picked up an assist on 8 shots against Atlanta, the Great Eight found himself in the “G” column once more.
Deadlocked at 2-2 at home against the New Jersey Devils, Ovechkin swooped in down the left wing, stick handling around defenders towards the middle of the ice. He then released a dart of a wrist shot with two Devils in front of him, and somehow beat Martin Brodeur anyway. From positions where no other player in the league would even think about shooting a puck, Ovechkin can find the back of the net from essentially any place on the ice.
However, as it normally is, one is never enough for Ovie. Just five minutes later, a horrendous giveaway by Devils defenseman Colin White sent Ovechkin in on a breakaway, and the hopeless White had no choice but to drag the Great Eight down before he managed to get a clean shot away. The referee had little hesitation in awarding a penalty shot – which Ovechkin buried past Brodeur with far less flair than his first goal – but nonetheless made beating the greatest goaltender of the modern era look ridiculously easy again.
The penalty shot put the contest well out of reach, as it was now 5-2 Capitals.
Ovechkin would later contribute an assist on the power play, picking up the helper on Eric Fehr’s 3rd period goal.
- 1. Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals): 2 G, 1 A, 5 shots vs. New Jersey
- 2. Ilya Bryzgalov (Phoenix Coyotes): W, 40 saves vs. Boston
- 3. Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins): 1 G, 4 shots, 3 hits vs. Montreal