For most NHL players having 24 goals and 39 assists in 63 games coming into tonight would be a very good season. Most NHL players haven’t set a standard for their performance as high as the Washington Capitals Alexander Ovechkin though as so it is considered a disappointing performance.
In overtime tonight Ovechkin turned back the clock and reminded the entire league of the just how special he can be. Ovie took the puck and went end-to-end while abusing a very good defensive forward in Frans Nielsen before blowing past him and beating Islanders goalie Nathan Lawson with a backhand shot upstairs to the far post. This goal is why he has been called the Great Eight. The Capitals are going to need a lot more of this if they are going to do anything in the playoffs.
If the Capitals didn’t score with just 48 seconds left in regulation, then this goal never happens.