I suppose if you don’t have anyone who clearly deserves to be on a stars list you could just put Tom Wilson here thanks to him scoring a goal, and a nice goal at that. Other that that, I didn’t notice Wilson much and for me, that’s a huge factor. I did notice Alex Ovechkin several times thanks to him having a few chances. The stats back me up there as well.
There were no goals from “the Great Eight” this time out but he still put up five shots and some of those required Tuuka Rask to make a good save. Ovechkin also more than doubled up the next highest total of scoring chances on his team. He ended the day with 5 scoring chances while the next highest was 2 which was shared by Michal Kempny and Oshie.
Ovechkin was also one of just four Capitals to finish the day with a positive possession number. While on the ice Washington had 17 attempts for with 14 against. They also had 11 chances for and 7 against.
This is obviously far from Ovechkin’s best game. Anytime he doesn’t score it’s almost surprising. But today, it wasn’t for a lack of trying. He had chances, he just got beat by Rask. No shame there, especially when your team walks out winners. With a lack of standouts once again, Ovechkin is as good a pick as anyone to be one of our stars of the game.