Alex Ovechkin’s “Top Plays” Put Losing Streak Into Perspective

The Capitals just ended their eight-game losing streak Sunday against the Ottawa Senators and CSN Washington decided to cap off the week that was/two weeks that were by putting together Alex Ovechkin’s “Top Five Plays Of The Week.”

Click here to see them for yourself.

In descending order, the top five plays:

5. Ovechkin’s missed breakaway chance against the Ducks December 15.

4. Ovechkin getting hauled down a scoring opportunity, giving the Capitals a power play in what would turn out to be a 7-0 loss to the New York Rangers December 12.

3. An open ice hit on Corey Perry December 15 that Ovechkin must have assumed would be called a penalty because he shrugged his shoulders like he was about to be reprimanded.

2. A mad dash to the net in the waning seconds of Washington’s 3-2 loss to the Boston Bruins December 18. Tim Thomas had it covered the entire way.

1. Ovechkin’s fight with “buddy” Brandon Dubinsky December 12. A fight isn’t really a play. Plus he got his @$$ kicked.

There you have it. We all know how bad of a week it was for the Caps, but watching a “Top Plays” highlight reel of missed breakaway chances and a losing fight really puts Washington’s woes into perspective. Regardless, CSN should have taken a look at Ovechkin’s stat line from last week:

No goals, two assists, minus-2, 19 shots on goal, five penalty minutes, 19 missed shots.

It’s understood that Ovechkin is the marketable star of the team and face of the franchise, but there were other plays who actually showed up last week that deserve a highlight reel (i.e. Matt Hendricks, Mike Knuble, Eric Fehr and Matt Bradley). The only thing less convincing than Ovechkin highlights would be Alex Semin highlights. Though his disappearing act would make for good B-roll…


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One response to “Alex Ovechkin’s “Top Plays” Put Losing Streak Into Perspective

  1. Ken Nickell contributor Corey Masisak stated on the Caps pregame show before last night’s Ottawa game that Ovichkin, is on pace to score 29 goals this season. I don’t highlight reel material in a 9.5 million dollar man scoring just 29 goals.

    There are lots of Caps fans like me who want to see Ovi return to highlight reel form, his 2010-11 breakout performance just hasn’t happened yet.

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