The Washington Capitals season has been full of their ups and downs. One game it seems like the Capitals can be perfect, and in the next they will completely self-destruct and ruin their chances from the beginning. Tension was running through the team, and they needed a big win against the Carolina Hurricanes, and they got it. There was one player that was the reason the Capitals won, and he just happened to have a big night with a great milestone.
It didn’t start great for the Capitals and head coach Adam Oates when they got off to a quick 1-0 deficit. Their defense let up a goal to the former Washington Capital Alexander Semin, and they surrendered another to Patrick Dwyer a bit later in the 1st period.
Even though the Hurricanes seemed to have things going in their favor, Alexander Ovechkin had something to say about the downfall and he got his team into gear. The first two periods went by without Ovechkin’s play, but the second intermission must have changed things for the star winger. Ovechkin turned it up because of his emotion. He knew that he needed to provide a spark.
After that, “The Great 8″ put on a show in the 3rd period. His 700th career point came when the winger struck big-time on the Power Play to start off the third period. He got a pass from Troy Browuer and made it count, tying the game to set up the next opportunity that came sixteen minutes later.
Ovechkin put a puck on net that found Mike Ribeiro‘s stick to squeak in the net past Dan Ellis, capping off his special night.
I feel like the reason Ovechkin had such the night was because of the emotion that the team has been having in their locker room. It is no secret that things have been tense lately, and as the captain, Ovechkin knew he needed to do something.
The team made the night special for Ovechkin, but can they keep things going? They have a tough schedule coming up and Ovechkin will try to keep his team moving in the right direction. It is important to keep things running smoothly, clean, and very positive on and off the ice. If the star can keep his team with emotion and knowing they must win, he will be the reason they continue to win!