Alex Ovechkin's horrible backcheck on Rangers game-winning goal

Alex Ovechkin’s horrible backcheck on Rangers game-winning goal

The New York Rangers and Washington Capitals were in a close game with the Rangers ahead 3-2 in the third period when this play happened.  The passing between Ryan Callahan, Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin here was truly impressive.  The give-and-go passing between Stepan and Hagelin could not have been more perfect.  The best part of this play though is Alexander Ovechkin casually drifting into the picture.  His legs firmly planted to the ice and making no attempt to try and get back and stop Stepan.  You’re the captain of your team and this is the playoffs, you could at least pretend that you are trying to stop the other team.

[Video via: YouTube] [GIF via: Sports Pickle]

4 Comments

  1. rob
    May 9, 2013 - 

    great video footage, but they were not “dead locked” at 3-3. The game, in fact, was never 3-3.

    • Jeff Weintraub
      May 9, 2013 - 

      Thank you for pointing out the typo.

  2. JD
    May 10, 2013 - 

    Greatest gif ever. You won the internet.

  3. Simon
    May 12, 2013 - 

    That wasn’t Ovechkin’s man…the reason he was so open is that the Cap who was supposed to be defending Hagelin stupidly came up to help on Callahan, creating a 2-on-1 down low. This forced Hillen to try and stop Hagelin, thus leaving his original man Stepan wide open. Ovechkin’s posture isn’t admirable, you’d definitely rather him desperately try to get to Stepan, but even at full speed Ovi isn’t going to be able to stop that goal. Not on him at all.

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