His first visit to Columbus and NWA will be remembered for a long time for those of us that love to see skill, desire and passion for the game. Ovechkin had 10 shots on goal, five missed shots, three attempted shots that were blocked, and three hits in 21:59 of total ice time… oh yes, he scored the first and then the eventual GWG in OT as the Caps snuck out of town with a 4-3 overtime win.
Passion? This kid demonstrates the love and enthusiasm for the game and his teammates more than any have witnessed in these times. A great example was when Tom Poti scored his first goal as a Capital; the guy looking to hound down the puck and get it to the trainer for mounting was Alex. He is a special person and player, and is certainly grounded, even with his new 13 year $124 million dollar contract.
Rick Nash put on his own side show with the first ever 3-on-5 shorthanded goal in CBJ franchise history. He then followed it up with a goal in early period number three as the Caps defenseman was picked by referee Bill McCreary (great pick too, and embarrassment soon to follow). Rick had only one goal in the previous seven games so timing was a key.
Pascal Leclaire went down in a heap as Hejda was covering a driving Quintin Laing to the middle of the net. The result was a contusion of the neck. At the time of this writing on the flight to Phoenix, Pazzy was in Columbus with no hope of seeing action on the two game trip.
The back breaker was a "reviewed" goal by Poti that went over the shoulder of Norrena into the middle of the net. The shot was stoppable for sure and a momentum changer.
Ovechkin took it upon himself with a shot as he was streaking down the right wing. Heavy, hard and accurate, a goal scorer's goal found its way through the five hole of Norrena… another one he should have enveloped.
So, disappointment on the face of all as the Caps took advantage of the CBJ. It was not because of the lack of competing, it was they made the best of our mistakes. Up 2-0 in the game and a 5-on-3 to start the second, Poti now playing goaltender mad a huge save on Peca… then a wide open net for Nash and a bouncing puck that could not be tamed stand tall in a game where it looked like we could have put the hammer down. We did not… game over.
The trip west leaves three components of the team in Columbus for first aid… Modin on the IR with a hamstring tear… Fedorov working his way back with concussion like symptoms… and our MVP Leclaire with the neck!!
Stay tuned!! It is not who is hurt but who is on the ice that has to do the job!! Let's go!
*Throughout the season, AAA will bring you the Broadcaster's Blogs - "Davidge Dishes" and "Rimer Ramblings". The Columbus Blue Jackets broadcasters will try to keep you update on all the behind the scenes action through their blogs, especially when the Blue Jackets hit the road. The next road game is 2/7 @Phoenix.