The Cup run
In 2017-18 the Washington Capitals finally broke through and won the Stanley Cup. Alex Ovechkin was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy and it was no surprise that he took that home.
When I was writing about the Caps for a different website, I got to the rink to watch Ovechkin practice as soon as he landed in D.C. from Russia. I noted the way he was skating which was the best way I’d seen him move since his early days of his career. This was in August and the season was still just around the corner.
In the regular season he had a hat trick in the opening game and four goals in the next game. He continued that momentum the rest of the regular season with 49 goals and 38 assists for 87 points including his 600th career goal.
In the playoffs he had a game winning goal in the final seconds of Game 3 in the second round against the Penguins IN PITTSBURGH. It was that game where I realized that this season could very well be different. It was and it was magical.
In the postseason Ovechkin had 15 goals and 12 assists for 27 points. He also had a goal in the Caps first Stanley Cup game win, one on home ice, and another in the Cup clincher.