Ovechkin Lights the Lamp and Cans the Camera

Published on 20-Jan-2015 by Alan Adamsson

NHL    NHL Daily Review

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Ovechkin Lights the Lamp and Cans the Camera

With 11 goals in his last 11 games -- and counting -- Alex Ovechkin has been lights out.

And now, cameras out, too.

In the first period of tonight's home game against Edmonton, the Washington Capitals winger already had racked up one goal when he let rip for another.

Fortunately for the Caps, it won't need a certain angle for replay, so this and the goal judge will have to do:

For the record:

Nothing has stopped the crushin' Russian this season. Close observers believe it's been the chemistry on the bench, where first-year Caps coach Barry Trotz has struck a chord with Ovechkin.

Whatever it is, Washington now has one of the more dynamic two-way forwards in the league.

Ovechkin now has 27 goals, one behind league-leader Tyler Seguin of Dallas. Tally No 26 came 1:48 into the first period of this game, on his first shot of the evening:

However, Ovechkin was stopped in the shootout, and Edmonton went on to post a 5-4 decision. Still, the Caps earned a precious point in the heated Atlantic Division race, not to mention the Eastern Conference wild card scramble.

Don't know how much the goal-cams cost, but this is the second one he's nailed in his NHL career. Here's the one he destroyed in 2010:

Incidentally, these little units go for a cool $83,000 a copy:

Fortunately for the league, revenues are climbing, and much of that has to do with its media infrastructure. Good thing, because there's nothing to say Ovechkin's tendency toward sanctioned vandalism will end anytime soon.