Backhand Beauty: Alex Ovechkin Scores First Postseason Goal of 2020, Moves Into Tie For 20th on All-Time Playoff Goals List

After playing over 24 minutes in the Washington Capitals’ Game 1 loss to the New York Islanders on Wednesday evening with no points and team “L” to show for it, Alex Ovechkin wasted no time on Friday night, putting the Caps on the board in the second game of their first round 2020 Stanley Cup Playoff series with less than a minute into game action.

With the Capitals dealing with the absence of star Center Nicklas Backstrom due to concussion protocol, the team was looking to its other star players to step in his absence (among them returning forward Lars Eller). The team’s captain got the ball rolling just 56 seconds into the first period of Game 2, scoring a sweet backhander in tight, short-side.

The goal (unassisted) was Ovechkin’s first of the 2020 postseason and his 66th career goal in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, moving him into a tie with NHL greats Denis Savard and Joe Nieuwendyk for the 20th-most in league history.

With the goal, he moves past Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby among active players in Playoff Goals Scored since the 2008 postseason.

As usual, the goal was pure Ovechkin, complete with excellent stickwork and subsequent exuberance.

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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