Alex Ovechkin was unable to score in Wednesday night’s game against the Oilers in Edmonton. He needs just one more goal to officially pass Jaromir Jagr for third place on the NHL’s all time goals list.
Ovechkin’s next chance to pass Jagr will come against his former coach, Bruce Boudreau and the Vancouver Canucks, on Friday night. Boudreau met with the media following the Canucks voluntary practice on Thursday, where he was asked about facing his former player on what could be a potentially historic night.
“It’s always fun. He gets his chances, no matter what. When we played them in Washington he had two grade “A”s that Demko made incredible saves on. Last night I thought he had two open nets, for sure, that he was gonna score on and he didn’t score on them,” said a smiling Boudreau.
“He’s gonna get his looks. I’ve watched him for 17 years. No matter how good or bad he looks in that game, he’s gonna get opportunities to score. It’s just the nature of Alex Ovechkin.”
Boudreau was hoping that it wouldn’t come to this, and that Ovechkin would pass Jagr in last night’s game against the Oilers.
”I was really hoping he scored last night. Let’s put it that way,” joked Boudreau. “‘Cause he’s gonna look at me tomorrow and he’s gonna go “I’m gonna score tonight.” And you know he’s gonna do that. It’s tough because he’s one of the greatest players of all time. It’s tough to stop one of the greatest players of all time.”
Boudreau and Ovechkin have met many times before and Boudreau know’s he’ll hear from his former player during tomorrow night’s pregame warmups.
“That’ll happen for sure, I can tell you. He’ll come over between the benches and he’ll look when he’s squirting his water and he’s gonna look at me. “I score tonight.” I’ll turn around and I won’t acknowledge him, because he knows it bugs me. That’s the way it will go.”
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Boudreau was asked if he thought any possible negative crowd reaction related to Ovechkin and Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine will have an affect on Ovechkin’s game Friday night.
“I don’t think anything, once the game starts, has an impact on Alex. He’ll play hard everywhere he goes. That’s just the nature of him.”
The Capitals face the Canucks Friday night. Puck drop is set for 10:00 PM ET.
By Jon Sorensen