The judges woke the beast in Ovechkin! Charged so that Bobrovsky did not even see the puck

Elena Kuznetsova

Elena Kuznetsova

The arbitrators did not see a violation on the captain of “Washington”, who was rushing to the gate. But he still got his way.

A series of “Florida” and “Washington” moved to the US capital with an equal score. In the last game, Florida scored five goals and by the third period had deprived the opponent of all fuse. The Caps made a lot of mistakes in defense, and goalkeeper Vitek Vanechek played far from the best. Therefore, today Ilya Samsonov started at the start, who finished the previous match and repelled all 17 shots on his own goal.



Ovechkin scared the Canadian by building a goal for an old friend.  But after the game, Ovi could only swear
Ovechkin scared the Canadian by building a goal for an old friend. But after the game, Ovi could only swear

Ilya failed to start the game – he missed Jonathan Huberdo already in the third minute. The Florida attacker first fell under Alexander Ovechkin’s power reception, and then ran one-on-one and pierced Samsonov’s gate into the far corner.

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Despite the quick missed puck, it was noticeable that Washington was charged and serious about the fight. Ovi crushed everything in his path – four hits in just the first 20 minutes, including a powerful power on Noel Accari.

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His partners were not far behind either. Carlson put Marchment, then they, together with Ovechkin, squeezed Patrick Hernquist into a “sandwich”, Evgeny Kuznetsov, with an impudent smile, rolled around the site and bullied everyone who came to hand.

They didn’t forget about the main task either – Niklas Backström had a great chance and a whole empty net in front of his eyes, but Sergei Bobrovsky, by some miracle, was able to play with the shield not once, but even twice in one moment.

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Already in the last seconds, luck smiled at the owners. Alexander Ovechkin threw, T.J. Oshi corrected on the spot – 1:1, and another goal in the majority, which works like clockwork for Washington. Well, Ovechkin extended his hitting streak to three games and overtook Phil Esposito in the number of points in the playoffs (138), reaching a clean 38th place in NHL history.

In the second period, “Washington” had a hard time – they survived two deletions in a row at the start, sometimes holding back the avalanche attacks of “Florida”. Samsonov was fired literally from all sides, but both the defense and the goalkeeper himself were on top. After one of the rescues of Ilya – on Alexander Barkov, who was on duty at the far post, the Caps turned the attack in the other direction and immediately scored. Anthony Manta struck the first shot, and Bobrovsky did not have time to move to finish Marcus Johansson.

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71 seconds before the second break, the score was 3:1 in favor of the Capitals. All the same Manta clung to Mackenzie Wigar with a stranglehold, took the puck from him, and gave it to Beckström for a throw. Bobrovsky rebounded, but the puck rebounded to Johansson. He took a break, bringing confusion to the defensive formations of the guests. While everyone looked at the Swede, as if spellbound, he gave Van Riemsdyck a goal.

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The period ended with a brawl at the gates of Samsonov and deafening applause from the stands, who applauded the Russian goalkeeper. In the third period, he continued to work miracles, not giving Florida a chance.
But the final period began with an incredible Ovechkin moment. He beat Ben Shyaro, rolled out one-on-one with Bobrovsky and even managed to land a shot, despite the fact that the defender was diligently hooking him from behind with a stick.

Ovi was beside himself with anger at the judges, but they remained silent and only awakened the beast in him. Soon Huberdeau pushed Nick Dowd in the back illegally, and Washington got his majority, and the captain got his goal. Ovi charged so that Bobrovsky did not even see the puck. This is Alexander’s first goal in this playoff and the 72nd in his career.

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This goal finally finished Florida. Then they missed the empty from Carlson and the sixth – already with Bobrovsky at the gate – from Hathaway. “Washington” gave a powerful response to the defeat in the previous match. If they continue to play with the same passion, and Samsonov just as god at the gate, then they will be able to knock out the best team of the regular season from the playoffs.

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