Alex Ovechkin’s first goal of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs tied Game 2 against the Toronto Maple Leafs at one goal a piece.
The Washington Capitals are looking to win their first Stanley Cup in franchise history. In order to do so, they must first deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs. So far in the series, the Leafs have gotten out to first period leads in each of the first two games. However, each time, the Caps have responded. After a James van Riemsdyk goal in the first period in Game 2, Alex Ovechkin countered it with a power play goal from the left faceoff circle.
This is his 42nd goal of his postseason career. Ovechkin averages roughly a goal every two games in the postseason and is just under a point per game during his playoff career. It’s amazing how he’s been doing this his entire career and everyone knows he’s going to do it. But you know what? Ovechkin still does it. That’s pretty incredible and it shows how great he is at what he does. It’s the equivalent of a pitcher telling a hitter he’s going to throw him a fastball and then blowing him away with it.
Special teams have been huge for the Capitals so far in the series. Two of their four goals scored (as of Ovechkin’s goal) have come on the power play. Meanwhile, the Maple Leafs haven’t scored a single goal during a man advantage. Nicklas Backstrom is a huge part of this goal, quickly getting the puck to Ovi. Toronto briefly left Ovechkin open after shadowing him for most of the series. Props to the Caps for making the Leafs pay.