Caps-Bolts: Ovechkin’s other options with 25 seconds left
With about 25 seconds to go in last night’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Washington Capitals down by a goal, I would have liked to have seen Alex Ovechkin pass the puck to a teammate rather than hold it and eventually shoot from a bad angle (see video embedded below).
Troy Brouwer was open and then, after Ovechkin comes out from behind the net, John Carlson appears to have been open as he was cutting in from the point. Carlson might have had the whole top right corner of the net open for a quick shot, with Lightning goaltender Mathieu Garon down in a butterfly position and over toward the left post.
Just putting the puck on net like Ovechkin eventually did isn’t a bad idea in that situation, but he had better options and they would have involved some puck movement, which is often a very good thing—in fact, it’s what led to the Caps only goal of the game.
Posted on February 19, 2012, in Washington Capitals and tagged Alex Ovechkin, Caps, CapsBolts, hockey, John Carlson, Mathieu Garon, NHL, sports, Tampa Bay Lightning, Troy Brouwer, Washington Capitals. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.