Alex Ovechkin is back. He started the season slowly, and that’s not great news for him as he’s on a hunt for Wayne Gretzky’s all-time goal record. Ovechkin was goalless in four straight games to start the season, and even more worrying: For the first time in his long and extremely successful NHL career, he didn’t have a shot on goal for back-to-back games.
It’s an unbelievable achievement that it took him so long, but his lack of form had fans worried.
But Alex Ovechkin has tallied in two straight games after scoring an empty-netter with 1:35 left in the third period, as the Caps upset the New Jersey Devils 6-4.
Ovechkin now trails Wayne Gretzky by 70 goals in the list for most of all time, and his back-to-back goals are a good sign for both the Capitals and The Great Eight. Ovechkin’s empty-net goal was also the 55th of his career, putting him second on the list for most in NHL history. He’s now only behind Wayne Gretzky, who had 56 during his career.
With Ovechkin returning to his regular self, he seems to be in a great mood. During the broadcast for Wednesday’s matchup with the Devils, Ovechkin was in an interview with TNT, wearing a very unique hoodie.
On the front of the hoodie was the Capitals logo, nothing strange about that, but on the backside, it was a text saying: ’Well I’m not Michael Jordan.’ Of course, everyone was asking themself … why? Ovi, of course, had to explain, and it was hilarious.
”We play soccer all the time before the games, like a warmup,” Ovechkin said.
”Five years ago, ’Devo’ or somebody hit the ball too high and I can’t jump that high, so I said, ’Well, I’m not Michael Jordan.’”
Of course, ’Devo,’ former Capitals player Devante Smith-Perry, had to make a hoodie from the quote.
”Devo gave this hoodie to me, and I’m still wearing it.”
Alex Ovechkin also provided an update on whether his son, Sergei, is improving at hockey after making an impressive appearance at the all-star weekend last year.
”He’s going to school right now, so we don’t have time to put him on the ice. But sooner or later he will be practicing,” he said.