Alex Ovechkin smokes a power play goal

Brian Tinsman
April 11, 2019 - 8:41 pm
Alex Ovechkin scored on the power play in Game 1 of Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Alex Ovechkin is one of the most dangerous scorers in the league at full strength.

Give him a power play advantage and he can turn one end of the rink into a shooting gallery.

That's exactly what happened on the Caps' second power play of the first period on Thursday night, as Ovechkin posted up on the left side of the goal and ripped shot after shot into the defense.

Each attempt turned away until he charged a deflection with less than 30 seconds left in the power play.

Tom Wilson corralled the deflection and sent it to Ovechkin on the perimeter, who launched a shot into the back of the net:

Wilson was clutch on this play, even ending up his back to avoid Ovi's hot shot. That's the type of selfless play that makes Wilson a star in this town.

The underrated story here is that John Carlson earned his third assist of the game on the score, matching the NHL's playoff record for assists in a single period.

That's not a bad way to wrap up the first period of postseason play, as the Caps look to go back-to-back.

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