As the Washington Capitals prepare for their game against the New York Rangers on Wednesday night, NoVa Caps takes a look at the five best of 22 goals in Alex Ovechkin‘s career against the Henrik Lundqvist, the most goals he’s had against a single goalie in his NHL career:
5. Inside Out
After getting a pass from Evgeny Kuznetsov from center ice, Ovechkin looks like he’s going to toe drag around defenseman Marc Staal but instead goes back to his forehand and rips it to the top left corner past Henrik Lundqvist.
4. Coast-to-coast for 499
After defenseman Nate Schmidt saves a goal from crossing the goal line, Ovechkin takes the puck in front of the crease, skates as fast as a cheetah to the other end of the ice and wheels around forward Rick Nash. He shot the puck from the left circle and ripped it past Lundqvist for his 499th career goal, an overtime game winner.
3. “A Magnificent Goal For Point Number 500”
Ovechkin picks up a cross-ice feed from Nicklas Backstrom and then toe drags through the legs of a Rangers’ defenseman and then roofs a one-handed shot past Lundqvist as it trickles over the goal line.
2. Cutting Through the Defense
In this one, Ovechkin retrieves the pass near the boards and takes off. He flies between Rangers’ defensemen Ryan McDonough and Dan Girardi. McDonough actually ends up tripping him but as he’s on his knees, Ovechkin picks the puck to the top left corner and puts a wicked wrist shot past Lundqvist.
1. End to End and Falling Down (Again)
All five of these goals can be number one but only one can win it all. After picking the puck up along the wall, Ovechkin roars through the neutral zone fights off one Rangers’ forechecker and then dangles the puck through another one’s legs. While falling down near the blue paint, Ovechkin backhands a shot to the far corner of the net past Lundqvist and celebrates into the boards.
By Harrison Brown