D.C. Stands For Dangle City: Alex Ovechkin Dances Around A Florida Panthers Defender For 16th Goal of the Season


Having struggled to get a victory since their 5-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on November 18, the Capitals needed to have a good start to their Wednesday night tilt against the Florida Panthers, on a night where the team welcomed back 2018 Stanley Cup champion Brett Connolly. Not only did captain Alex Ovechkin do just that, but the first goal of the game was another beauty in a long list from The Great Eight.

Center Evgeny Kuznetsov carried the puck into the offensive zone, and with two Panthers’ defenders on him, dropped the puck to Ovechkin, who danced around a third Panther to get a shot on Florida goaltender and fellow countryman Sergei Bobrovsky. While he did not get all of the puck, it skirted past “Bob” to give the home team a 1-0 lead at the 17:57 mark of the opening frame.

The goal was Ovechkin’s 16th of the season, tying him for fourth in the NHL in goals-scored. The goal is also his 13th against Bobrovsky in the regular season. However, the goal also moves the 2004 first overall pick closer to yet another milestone in the NHL record books, as he is closer to moving into 11th all-time in Goals Scored in the history of the league.

Kuznetsov’s assist gives him five points (two goals, three assists) in his last six games.

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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