Ovechkin went goalless in 10 consecutive games, repeating his personal NHL anti-record
The last month of the last calendar year was a truly historic month for the entire hockey world. Then, on December 14, Washington Capitals beat Chicago Blackhawks away and Alexander Ovechkin, the leader of the capital, scored a hat-trick. The Russian striker’s third goal of that match helped him reach the 800-career goal mark in the National Hockey League championship. Ovi became the third player in NHL history to achieve this.
Almost exactly a year later, Washington came back to Chicago with Ovechkin. A lot has changed during the time since the last visit of the capital to the Blackhawks: Ovechkin has long been ranked ahead of Gordie Howe, taking a clear second place in the list of the best snipers in the league. head coach and “Chicago” hired a new player, Connor Bedard, who is predicted to have a great future.
The new meeting between the Caps and Hawks was essentially about continuity of generations – Ovechkin had already rewritten almost the entire history of the league, now that task falls on Bedard’s shoulders. It’s even a little funny that the Canadian forward wasn’t born the day Ovi was selected in the NHL draft. They met each other for the first time today and had pleasant conversations before the match.
In the head-to-head fight, both players could not do without effective moves. For example, Ovechkin assisted on Dylan Strome’s goal, allowing Washington to take the lead in the game and maintain its winning advantage. Alexander thus exchanged a new hundred points in his career in the NHL championship, chasing Paul Coffey together with Sidney Crosby.
Ovechkin rewrote history! No Russian has conquered such peaks
Bedard also tallied assists. And twice. The young Canadian forward recorded two assists and continued to lead the scoring race among NHL rookies. Connor scored 23 points (11+12) in 27 championship games.
“Washington” remained in the top eight in the Eastern Conference by beating “Chicago”. Moreover, the Capitals are ahead of the New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning in terms of points lost and among the leaders of the Metropolitan Division. Two wins in a row, eight goals scored in two matches; It seems like no one remembers the Caps’ recent disastrous road series. Almost.
Alexander Ovechkin failed to score again today, extending his streak without scoring a goal to ten consecutive games. Thus, the Russian striker repeated the personal record he set in the 2016/17 season. Then, from 22 February to 12 March 2017, Ovi also failed to score in ten consecutive matches. The Russian eventually finished the season with 33 goals. Now it seems that such an indicator would be perfect for Alexander in the current situation. But the best Russian sniper in NHL history has just five goals so far and is almost a third of the way through the season.
Ovechkin extends goalless streak and repeats personal anti-record
There are several explanations for Ovechkin’s unfortunate statistics. This goes for both Washington’s disastrous power play, which has left the Caps worst in the league this season, and the team’s overall performance. 64 goals scored in 25 matches – according to this indicator, the capital’s players are in second place after the main loser of the season, the San Jose Sharks.
Carbury’s system was no longer taking advantage of Ovechkin’s strengths: his shooting. All teams in the league have long known how and in what place on the field the Russians are most dangerous. But until this season, no one could keep up with Ovi’s clicks in his own office. They are almost gone now. “Washington” has lost quality in positional attack and due to its combinations does not pose a big enough threat to force opponents to move away from Ovechkin. Eventually Alexander himself loses the activity that is natural at his age. And there is, of course, a small surprise in this: before the start of the season, he decided to patent his own phrase: “I’m fine. The Russian machine never breaks” (“I’m fine. The Russian machine doesn’t break”), but from the very beginning of the championship he stood strong.
By the way, the gap with Wayne Gretzky is still the same 67 goals.
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