When Alex Ovechkin saw Joel Ward intercept Flyers goaltender Steve Mason’s pass along the boards, the star winger swooped into the offensive zone. It was an opportunistic play, and with Philadelphia forward Matt Read sliding in an attempt to block, Ovechkin had to get a shot off.
“I didn’t get all of it,” Ovechkin said. “Greenie was in front of me so I tried to kind of reach out. As soon as I get it I just shoot it and ice condition, it’s not that perfect, but who cares right now.”
Ovechkin might not have been able to fire the shot he wanted, but it found its way through screens and past Mason to tie the game with 47.9 seconds remaining in regulation en route to Washington’s 5-4 shootout win over the Flyers Sunday.
“I just want to shoot the puck out there. To be honest, I miss my shot,” Ovechkin said. “It’s kind of funny, but it was perfect miss. I’ll take it. The team take it.”
The goal was Ovechkin’s 27th of the year and 398th of his career, but in addition to helping the Capitals gain a valuable pair of points over a divisional rival, he made the correct read on the play from the eyes of Coach Adam Oates.
“He got the goalie [out of position], but we had two defensemen on the ice and he went to the right spot,” Oates said. “A guy who’s a goal scorer, when you go to the right spot you’re going to get them. Obviously there is a unique quality about the guy. He gets that puck that far out and he finds the lane to get it through.”
Here’s the video of No. 27 and the celebration that ensued.