He didn't score, but for one brief, shining moment, Alexander Ovechkin looked like his old self again.
Alexander Ovechkin hasn't been off to a great start this year. People have said he's out of shape, or broken down by years of physical play, or old before his time. He entered Thursday night's game with just five goals in the first fifteen games, and his slump has a lot to do with the Capitals' dismal 5-9-1 record so far this year.
But for at least one play in the first period of Thursday night's game against the Devils, Alex Ovechkin rose from his grave. This was patented, old-school, classic Ovechkin. Sheer skill and speed and power, leaving the defending player with no choice but to take a penalty trying to stop the Russian monster in front of him. It was the kind of thing that makes you sit up and say: oh yeah, you're Alex Ovechkin! You've been one of the league's best players for years now! You're amazing!
Why don't you do this kind of stuff more often, Alex? It's so much fun to watch.