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Video: Ovechkin breaks even-strength goal slump

Apr 4, 2014, 7:53 PM EDT

However you feel about plus/minus as a stat, it was hard to dismiss the fact that Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin hadn’t scored an even-strength goal (or point) since Feb. 27.

He changed that on Friday, scoring the only goal of the first period against the New Jersey Devils tonight:

That has to be a relief, as he ended a 16-game drought at even-strength.

To be fair, that tally seemed somewhat reminiscent of the type of goals he’s been scoring regularly on the power play. The Los Angeles Kings captured his love for shooting from that spot in late March:

Regardless, he’s now at 49 goals for the season and might be the only player who could end up with 50 in 2013-14. (Though Corey Perry and others do at least have a shot.)

  1. patthehockeyfan - Apr 4, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    Bit of sarcasm in that headline – FINALLY scores an even-strength goal. Like he never had before. Tsk-tsk, PHT.

    • joey4id - Apr 4, 2014 at 8:22 PM

      16 games…… Yeah! Finally is appropriate. We’re not talking about Wilson here…..

    • toiletclown - Apr 5, 2014 at 6:10 AM

      Leave the comedy up to the professionals and stick what you know. Racketeering

  2. billiam55 - Apr 5, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    i knw it sounds nuts, but they should buy him out and get some defense.

    • tomas3345 - Apr 5, 2014 at 2:49 PM

      Alex Ovechkin buyout from CapGeek.com
      2014-15: $2,871,795
      2015-16: $2,871,795
      2016-17: $2,871,795
      2017-18: $2,871,795
      2018-19: $2,871,795
      2019-20: $2,871,795
      2020-21: $2,871,795
      2021-22: $3,333,333
      2022-23: $3,333,333
      2023-24: $3,333,333
      2024-25: $3,333,333
      2025-26: $3,333,333
      2026-27: $3,333,333
      2027-28: $3,333,333

      Yeah that seems like a good idea (sarcasm)

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