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Posted at 8:41 AM ET, 03/10/2011

The Ovechkin-Johansson passing goal

By Dan Steinberg

Alex Ovechkin has way too many highlight-reel goals to count, but I'm going to put this one in a somewhat different category. This was just pretty. Aesthetically pleasing. Optically perfect.

I've watched it a bunch of times, and it's hard not to smile. It's not the kind of goal that would necessarily make you leap out of your seat and marvel at anyone's athletic gifts or superhuman strength. But it just feels like a goal that approaches some Platonic ideal of what hockey passing could be, divorced from the usual rules of an actual hockey game. Dang, but it was good.

(Via RMNB)

By Dan Steinberg  | March 10, 2011; 8:41 AM ET
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Four passes? FOUR PASSES!!!

Posted by: JeffNYC | March 10, 2011 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Nice play. Usually when they pass that much the shot does not end up in the goal. Glad to see it worked this time.

Posted by: Grooven | March 10, 2011 9:45 AM | Report abuse

The slide definitely adds to the smile-age.

Posted by: moo21 | March 10, 2011 9:55 AM | Report abuse

It was all about the slide and acting like they won the cup!

Posted by: RuskiSi | March 10, 2011 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Anyone else see this on the NHL website?

"Alexander Semin made it 5-0 with 5:30 left. Washington is now 17-0-0 when Semen scores a goal."

Posted by: seagray | March 10, 2011 10:57 AM | Report abuse

You score.

No, you score.

No, you score.

No, you score.

Ok, fine I'll score...

This along with Sturm returning Slappy's pass on the 2-on-1 for the 5th goal puts lie to the notion that the Caps tend to overpass the puck...

Posted by: CapsNut | March 10, 2011 11:01 AM | Report abuse

And before all the passes and the goal, Ovechkin races down the ice, dives to knock the puck away from an Oiler, gets up and steals the puck from the stick of another Oiler, and makes a quick turn to start the passing sequence.


Posted by: rw-c | March 10, 2011 12:07 PM | Report abuse

seagray that's an AP blunder it's all over the internet

Posted by: getjiggly2 | March 10, 2011 12:12 PM | Report abuse

This was the best way to score in NHL 95.

Posted by: olsonchr | March 10, 2011 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Look about 0:50; he goes full extension pratfall onto the ice...and is up and making the play in about a second and change. Talk about talent.

Posted by: poorskins | March 10, 2011 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Yep, one of my favorites from gr88.

Posted by: tgerbracht | March 10, 2011 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Ahhh teamwork...that's nice to see.

Posted by: tsbrul1 | March 10, 2011 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Nice goal... but personally the Sturm to Semin to Sturm to Semin to GOAL was even more spectacular. Especially the sauce Sasha put on his last pass to get it over the sliding defenseman and then Sturm's last pass which was right on Semin's tape with about an inch to spare before the goal line. BEAUTY!

Posted by: rihardy | March 10, 2011 3:34 PM | Report abuse

What I love best about this goal is after the sweet steal, the sublime passing and awesome roofing of the puck, Ovie loses his edge and wipes out like a kid in a peewwe game as he celebrates the score! Perfect ending!

Posted by: CAP-lanta | March 11, 2011 5:59 AM | Report abuse

What I love is the goal-cam angle. You can see by the 3rd pass that Khabi is well behind the puck and there's a lot of open net.

Posted by: tfirey | March 11, 2011 12:07 PM | Report abuse

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