Washington Capitals: Top 25 goals of all-time

Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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#7 Ovi’s first playoff goal

On April 11, 2008 the Capitals hosted the Philadelphia Flyers in the first playoff game of the Alex Ovechkin era and like the previous slide, the great eight was ready to put on a show for the league and the paying customers that night.

The Caps would win this game 5-4. Ovechkin was all over the place hitting guys and creating offense. In the comeback charge he assisted on Mike Green’s game tying power play goal. Then Ovi took over and showed the league why he’s HIM (which is a slang word that kids use now that didn’t exist back then).

Ovechkin created this play all by himself. He stripped the puck like an NFL linebacker does on a running back. He glided to the side and ripped it through.

I remember seeing this and the whole scene. I had just started to learn what winning hockey looks like and it was exciting. I hadn’t attended a live hockey game yet but I knew I had to get my dad to take me to a game that next season, which he did.

That sea of red would carry over for the next decade plus. It still is there to this day. But will it be there after Ovechkin retires? Probably not but maybe tickets will be cheaper.