(courtesy of washingtoncaps)
While our ever popular Comrade of the Night posts are few and far this season it doesn’t mean we’ve stopped watching those who a make a great sport even greater.
As we slowly creep up on the New Year there is no player playing better than Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin. Already leading the race for the Rocket Richard Trophy, the poster boy for Russian hockey put his team on his back with last nights offensive outburst.
With his team trailing 3-0 in the first period, the 28-year-old Moscow native began the comeback with a snap shot off a draw to bring his league leading tally to 23.
After both teams exchanged goals in the second period to make the score 4-2, Ovechkin would score consecutive goals, a back door feed from Niklas Backstrom cut the deficit to one before before a signature one-timer would knot things up at four.
It would be Ovechkin’s 13th career hat trick and the goal scored on the man advantage surpassed Peter Bondra for most PP goals in Capitals history.
The Lightning wouldn’t go quietly as they broke the deadlock midway through the final frame, but unfortunately for them the Caps captain came through yet again to rescue a point with another howitzer from the top of the circle to send the game to OT.
While his celebrations have always been joyous the final tying goal saw Ovechkin take one of the biggest two footed leaps off the ice dare I say ever? His 4-goal performance allowed his team earn two points thanks to the skills competition that ensued.
The comeback win was the fourth straight against Tampa and sixth straight at home against their now defunct Southeast division rivals.
It would be the third four-goal performance for Ovechkin who last accomplished the feat back in 2008. He needs just one more hat trick for the all-time franchise lead. With the winger playing out of his mind at the moment one can dream his goal scoring continues in the Olympics which are only 50 some odd days away.
With his performance Alexander Ovechkin is a no-brainer for Comrade of the Night and lets hope the first of many this season.
Comrades around the league: In the same game which saw Ovechkin enter beast mode, Tampa’s Nikita Kucherov scored his second goal since making his Lightning debut. Nail Yakupov scored his fifth goal of the 2013 campaign along with a helper. Pavel Datsyuk scored his 13th tally along with an assist after a seven game absence with a concussion.