In the Capitals’ 4-3 overtime win against Winnipeg earlier this week, Alex Ovechkin had the power in his stride, the jump on the ice that people have come to expect of him. It was one of the star left wing’s better overall performances.
Ovechkin skated 19 minutes and 53 seconds against the Jets, took five shots on goal, was credited with four hits and added an assist and plus-1 rating. But 20 games into the season, Ovechkin has seven goals and is still looking for his first at home in Verizon Center.
“It is kind of funny situation when you don’t score 10 games at home; I just score on the road,” Ovechkin said. “You know, I almost forget how it feels to score goals in our building.”
The Capitals play their 11th home game of the season Friday afternoon when they host the New York Rangers at 4 p.m. Ovechkin can have a positive impact on a game, as he did against the Jets, without scoring a goal but it’s no secret that he would rather see that column on the stat sheet filled at home – where the crowd, unprompted, began chanting his name on Wednesday night.
“I know he’s frustrated,” Coach Bruce Boudreau said. “He wants to score in front of the home crowd more than anything in the world. But like a real trooper he keeps going out and doing his best.”
Asked what he thought of Ovechkin’s outing against Winnipeg, Nicklas Backstrom said: “He was skating all over the ice today, and he was hitting. That’s what we normally see Ovi do.”