I was very glad to see that Alex Ovechkin was back on the ice last night against the Rangers, and that his late goal was part of the difference over the Rangers. From On Frozen Blog comes this description of his return:
The scoresheet shows Ovi with just a single shot on goal (a successful one at that), but you’d have to label it a fantastic return performance. He had 7 hits that seemed like 70 ferocious ones against skaters in blue shirts. In fact, when the Rags were seriously pressing in the Caps’ end midway through the final frame Ovi went up the ice at last with the puck and made like the proverbial bull in a china shop, stalking Lundqvist with his powerful drive wide strides, swirling back again dangerously behind the cage, and then going on a one-man missile mission of hitting Rangers who’d taken the puck away from him. They were like bowling pins falling down. The shift reversed the game’s momentum.
Congrats also to Coach Bruce Boudreau on his 100th win with the Caps!