Alex Ovechkin didn’t beat the Columbus Blue Jackets with one of his usual rockets from the circle. The Washington Capitals weren’t even on the power play when Ovechkin scored his 14th goal of the year. No, the tally was of the dirty variety with Ovie standing out in front of countryman Sergei Bobrovsky.
Marcus Johansson used his speed to drive to the net, and the puck took a favorable bounce for No. 8, who hasn’t missed from that close since he was in diapers.
Again, not your typical variety of Ovechkin goal, but it’ll do.
The Caps snapped a two-game losing streak by defeating Columbus. Washington is right in the thick of things in the Metropolitan Division, and is sitting in second place with a 10-8-1 record with the team on the upswing after winning five of their last seven.
Meanwhile in Columbus, an average season from Sergei Bobrovsky and lack of scoring depth because of injuries to young players like Matt Calvert and Boone Jenner has really kept the Jackets on the ground this season. They fell to 6-10-1 on the year with the loss to the Caps, and have only won one time in their last seven games.
If things continue on like this in Ohio, it’ll be interesting to see if a shakeup comes down eventually. They have several players that could interest a contender. Namely Marian Gaborik.