Ovechkin scores 30th of the season with quick snap shot
Alex Ovechkin says he can remember his first NHL goal like it was yesterday. It came in his first NHL game on Oct. 5, 2005 against the Columbus Blue Jackets at what was then named the MCI Center.
“LeClaire,” Ovechkin says, “What’s his first name, Pascal? Blocker side.”
Now that Ovechkin has reached the 400-goal milestone and has begun his climb to 500, it’s worth asking the question: Which has been his most memorable goal so far?
“I wasn’t here for the goal, but I think my favorite is the Phoenix one, on his back and taking a swipe at it,” Caps winger Eric Fehr said. “He’s had so many it’s hard to put a finger on. How about the one Super Bowl Sunday, when he got the hat trick? That’s got to be one of his bigger games.”
Mike Green also pointed to Ovechkin’s incredible goal against Phoenix Coyotes goalie Brian Boucher on Jan. 16, 2006 in Glendale, Ariz.
After that game, Coyotes coach marveled at the Caps’ 20-year-old rookie.
“That was pretty sweet,” Gretzky said “You know, he's a phenomenal player, and he’s been a tremendous influence in the game. It’s great to see, because he is that good.”
Eight years later, Ovechkin finds himself in the company of Gretzky, Mike Bossy, Mario Lemieux, Brett Hull and Jari Kurri as the sixth-fasted player to reach 400.
Mike Green said his favorite so far is also the one Ovechkin scored in Phoenix, but he’s not sure he’s seen everything in Ovechkin’s bag of tricks.
“He’s got so many it’s hard to keep track,” Green said. “I’m very happy for him. He shoots the puck from all over the ice. He’s so talented and he gets the puck off so quick, I don’t care who you are as a goaltender or a player, it’s hard to defend.”
So which is your favorite Ovechkin goal? Join the conversation.