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Ovechkin: Capitals Power Play Is ‘Not About My Shot’



Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin

The Washington Capitals have seen the power play heat up over the last few games, with the two units scoring in four of its last five games after going 0-for-9 through the first two games to open the season. And for captain Alex Ovechkin, he’s seeing everything clicking.

Ovechkin’s PPG on Monday against the New Jersey Devils marked his first from the office this season. It also stood as the game winner, moving him past Gordie Howe for the second-most game-winning goals in NHL history (122).

“It’s pretty cool. Nice to be in that company, pass those legends, it’s pretty cool moment,” Ovechkin said.

Despite his goal, though, he stressed that the man advantage goes far beyond that iconic shot from the office. In fact, he’s seen it evolve and change for the better as it continues to gain momentum.

“Right now, we move the puck well, we feel each other, both units,” Ovechkin added. “Dangerous moments come from everywhere. It’s not about my shot or somebody else’s. everybody has an opportunity to take the shot and score the goals.”

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The Great 8 is right. Dylan Strome is the current leader in power-play points to open the season with four. He has been working the half wall on the top unit with Nicklas Backstrom out, and he has fit in well there. Marcus Johansson has also been helping with entries and pressure on PP1 as well. Meanwhile, on the second unit, Evgeny Kuznetsov is playing that role with the team’s key secondary scorers.

So far, Ovechkin has three goals and three assists through seven games. He sits at 783 career goalies. He is 17 away from 800, 19 away from passing Gordie Howe and 112 away from breaking Wayne Gretzky’s all-time record of 894 for the most goals in the history of the Show.

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