Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Ovechkin in overdrive

"You can't keep a great player down forever," --Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau after an amazing episode of the Alexander the Great show...

If there was any doubt that Alexander Ovechkin is going to be a leader in the NHL, they were all nicely quashed on Monday night.

The league's leading point getter and goal scorer, finally broke free of the blanket that the Philadelphia Flyers had successfully tossed over him for five games, exploding for two key goals as he lead his Washington Capitals on to a 4-2 victory and forcing a game seven in Washington on Tuesday night.
The Capitals overcame adversity with their comeback from a two goal deficit, never growing desperate, keeping to their game plan and just outworking the Flyers to battle back into the game setting the stage for the league's most exciting performer to show off some of his magic.

Ovechkin lived up to the moniker Alexander the Great as he changed the complexion of game six and perhaps the series with his offensive display. Breaking his scoring drought in this series with a dramatic flourish, scoring the final two goals of the game, the winner and the insurance one, shocking the Flyer faithful who had gathered they had hoped for a playoff series ending celebration.

Instead, it's on to Washington and another dose of DC fever, the Caps return home with a momentum lift and will be looking to extend their amazing run to the playoffs just a little bit further.

The key for Philadelphia is what to do about Alex, they hand him figured for a while there, but we got a glimpse of what all the excitement has been about this season. Now that he's taken that step to build on team leadership, you might wonder if there's anything that the Flyers can do to stop the Caps in game seven.

Washington Post-- Caps bring it back home
Washington Times-- Caps off of thin ice
Philadelphia Daily News-- Flyers forced to Game 7
Philadelphia Inquirer-- Ahead to Game 7 dread
NHL.com-- Stats Pack

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