Stat Line of the Night – 12/10/2013 – Alex Ovechkin
Remember three years ago when Alex Ovechkin lost his scoring touch and people were wondering if he’d ever be a prolific scorer again? Well, as it turns out, those “bad” seasons in which he averaged “only” 35 goals were merely aberrations. Last year he returned to form and cranked out 32 goals in 48 games. And this year, his pace is even hotter—thanks in no small part to last night’s performance.
Ovie scored four goals at home last night against the Tampa Bay Lightning, including one with just 34 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game 5-5 and send it to overtime. That brings his total for the year to 26, which is a 72-goal pace. And the crazy thing about last night? Ovie only took six shots. It’s like he had the flu or something.
This standout performance does not come without caveats, of course. First, it should be noted that linemate Nicklas Backstron assisted on all four of those goals, and he added a tally of his own. Second, it should also be noted that Ovechkin’s +/- on the night was even, meaning the top line’s defense was so lax that he pretty much had to score to make up for it.
Still, though, four goals? That’s good, and it definitely earned Ovie our “Stat Line of the Night” for Tuesday, December 10, 2013.