Alex Ovechkin is one of the most prolific shooters in NHL history.
This season, the Caps’ captain ranks third in shots on net with 223, an average of almost 3.7 per contest.
But on Saturday evening in Nashville, something strange happened—again.
Ovechkin finished without a shot on goal for the third time in the last seven games. He did score a goal in the third period, but it was overturned because he was offside by a smidge. Thus, no shot.
In all, Ovechkin attempted six shots in 20:36 of ice time in the 5-2 loss. Two of those attempts were blocked and four more were off target.
“Obviously he’s a shooter; he’s got to get pucks to the net,” Coach Barry Trotz told reporters in Nashville. “He’s a little off, a little bit off. Players will go through that.”
Prior to going shot-less against the Red Wings on Feb. 9, Ovechkin had recorded at least one shot on goal in 315 consecutive games, a stretch that dates back to March 2013. Ovechkin’s shot-on-goal streak wound up 45 games short of matching Ray Bourque’s NHL record of 360 straight games with at last one shot on net.
In 900 career games, Ovechkin has failed to register a shot on goal only nine times.
So, yeah, it’s worth noting when he doesn’t get one. It's more notable when it happens three times in a couple of weeks.
Trotz, though, said he isn’t overly concerned about it.
“Ovi’s pretty streaky if you look in his past,” Trotz said. “It wouldn’t surprise me if he got 10 goals in the next five games. That’s how he operates.”
He added: “Sometimes he’ll go a little bit flat there. He’s going through a little bit of a dry spell, I think.”
Saturday’s game was a rough one for Ovi all around. In addition to losing a goal to video replay, he also took a couple of minor penalties—one for hooking and another for holding.
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