Sweet 16: Alex Ovechkin Caps Off Productive Night With 16th Career Game-Deciding Shootout Goal

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After a disappointing showing in their previous game against the St. Louis Blues, the Washington Capitals’ 4-3 shootout win over the Buffalo Sabres was a welcome bounce-back performance for the Metropolitan Division’s fourth-placed team. The victory was aided by captain Alex Ovechkin, whose regulation goal sent the game to extra time.

Ovechkin, who entered the game against the Sabres with 40 goals on the season, scored his 41st of the 2021-22 campaign at the 16:47 mark of the third period, off a faceoff win by Evgeny Kuznetsov.

The goal marked Ovechkin’s 771st career goal, and put him within three points of 1,400 in his NHL career.

With the two clubs unable to break the deadlock in overtime, the shootout was necessary for the decision. After winning a game for the Capitals in the skills competition a week ago, Ovechkin was sent out by Head Coach Peter Laviolette to attempt to repeat the feat against Buffalo goaltender Dustin Tokarski. Once more, the Capitals’ captain did not disappoint, returning to his backhand to seal the win for Washington.

The shootout, game-winning goal was Ovechkin’s 16th such tally in his 16-season career, which began in the 2005-06 season, the inaugural season of the shooutout. In that span, Ovechkin’s 16 are tied for ninth-most in the shooutout.

Ovechkin now has 41 goals and 36 assists, for 77 points in 64 Games Played this season.

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. Michael joined the NoVa Caps team in 2015, and is most proud of the growth of the NoVa Caps community in that time. An avid photographer, Michael resides in VA.
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