We kicked-off our new, semi-regular “What A Rush!” feature with a beauty from Lars Eller and Tom Wilson in Thursday night’s tilt in Toronto (here). We have an all-Rusian rush for our second installment. Here’s our pick for line rush of the game from yesterday’s 6-5 overtime victory over the Rangers.
What a Rush! With under a minute remaining in overtime, Dmitry Orlov was knocked off the puck, but Alex Ovechkin would follow-up with two beautiful head-fakes from the top of the slot. The first was followed by a blast that didn’t make it past Lundqvist. The second head-fake was another beauty, which freed-up Kuznetsov for an open pass. Kuznetsov failed in an attempt to give it back to Ovechkin, but Lundquist was unable to secure the puck.
An ice-level view of the frantic and furious push from Ovechkin and Kuznetsov shows they were not going to be denied.
— Julia Goodwin (@JuliaKristine) February 24, 2019
Kuznetsov was on the goal line, but looked to have an opening for a pretty good shot, with Lundqvist down and out of position. He decided to try to force a pass back to Ovechkin, which didn’t work. The puck would trickle away from Lundquist, which led to the whack-a-mole fest and winning goal.
The radio call from John Walton on Caps Radio:
But who really got the goal? There was plenty of speculation that Alex Ovechkin actually pushed the puck across the goal line. A closer look reveals Evgeny Kuznetsov indeed got the game winner.
The Capitals yielded another two-goal lead, which is concerning. But the bottom line is getting the two points.
By Jon Sorensen