Ovechkin helps Caps beat Red Wings in OT

Feb 2, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin (8) celebrates after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime against the Detroit Red Wings at Verizon Center. The Capitals won 6-5 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

With his 39th NHL goal this season, a league-high, Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals helped his team beat the Detroit Red Wings in overtime on Sunday.

From the Associated Press,

Ovechkin’s one-timer from the left circle on a power play 2:37 into overtime gave the Capitals a 6-5 win Sunday over the Red Wings, earning a split of a home-and-home set and tightening up things even more in the bottlenecked bottom half of the Eastern Conference.

Ovechkin was originally credited with the goal that tied the score with 7 seconds left in regulation on Friday in Detroit — a game the Red Wings eventually won in a shootout. The NHL has since reviewed the play and decided it instead belongs to Joel Ward on a deflection.

Ward kept it up Sunday, getting two goals and an assist as he again benefited from the extra attention paid to Ovechkin, particularly on the power play.

Ovechkin is a household name across the country, and it will probably remain that way for years to come. Ovechkin is about to head into the Olympic break, and he couldn’t have any more momentum than he has right now.

Topics: Alex Ovechkin, Detroit Red Wings, NHL, Washington Capitals

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