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Ovie's 'The Goal' still the goal, fans say

Sunday, 04.26.2009 / 9:18 AM / 2009 Playoffs Conference Quarterfinals

By Compiled By - Staff

The fans have spoken, and "the goal" remains, well, the goal.

We asked you to chose the best goal of Alexander Ovechkin's young career, and his breathtaking, falling-down, one-armed score against Phoenix in 2006 won the day, garnering over 38% of the vote.

Hiss trip-through-the-entire-Rangers-roster tally in Game 5 of the Conference Quarterfinals Friday night earned second choice, while his pass-it-to-yourself, spin-o-rama, effort vs. Montreal earlier this season finished third.

Thanks for voting. And even though the results have been tabulated, be sure to check out the Nominations Page for Ovi's top goals, if only to re-live some of the more memorable moments from the young sniper's already-impressive resume.

And be sure to look for our Game Changers poll following every day of Stanley Cup Playoff action.

1. Washington at Phoenix, January 16, 2006

Known simply as "The Goal," this marker put Ovechkin on the map as a 20-year-old rookie, stunning both the home crowd in Phoenix and the Coyotes' bench. Ovechkin stickhandled past Phoenix defender (and current Ranger) Paul Mara, ending up on his back. Rolling over on the ice, he used one hand to slide the puck past Phoenix goalie Brian Boucher at a sharp angle.

The goal became an instant YouTube sensation, and immediately led to increased attention for Ovechkin, and increased attendance at Capitals home games.

Author: NHL .com

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