In Tom Boswell’s discussion on washingtonpost.com today, he had nothing but effusive praise for a certain #8:
New York, NY: Ovechkin is really, really, really good. We need to be more appreciative of the fact that we are likely to have a back-to-back MVP playing for a local team.
Seriously. He’s really, really good.
I wish I wasn’t living so far away!
Tom Boswell: The goal he scored last night was, perhaps, the best I’ve ever seen. And it’s one of the most amazing plays I’ve ever seen in any sport. Of course, after all these years, that’s a long list. But you have to find a way to see. Boudreau, who’s seen it all, said it might have been the best he ever saw.
No. 8 intercepted a errasnt pass near the red line, spun completely around and, in one motion, passed the puck around a defender and OFF THE SIDE WALL to himself. Then, without breakiung stride, he accelerated so fast (the part Boudreau couldn’t believe) that he pulled away from a defender who should have had ther angle on him. So, as No. 8 bore down on the goalie from the left side, the defender hooked him down from behind. As O hit the ice, he still controled the puck, switched from his left to his right side and, flat on the ice, deliberately shot the puck into the net into the only open sliver of room that the goal provided on his stick side.
Before the puck was in the back of the net, No. 8, still on his back, had fired his fist in the air. He knew he’d scored before anybody else knew what had happened.
F Street: How can there be any doubt that Ovie is the best in the NHL. Last night’s goal was Jordanesqe. He does things that appear impossible. It appears that all the people arguing for Crosby are Candians. Worse, the reason is starting to look like blatant xenophobia. That they refuse to believe someone besides a Canadian can be the best hockey player in the world. What are your thoughts?
Tom Boswell: Ovie is the best. And his recent goal-scoring binge over the last three weeks or so has been seismic. Come on, I’m taping the games and replaying them to see this guy. And Green has jumped up a whole level as many expected him to. As I wrote a couple of weeks ago, Terry Murray (ex-Caps, now Kings coach) isn’t the only one who thinks they are ready to go deep, maybe very deep in the playoffs. “They don’t have to wait to be great.”
“I’m taping the games and replaying them to see this guy.” Never thought I’d see those words come out of Boswell’s mouth (or fingers, as the case may be). Just another stop on the way to Washington, the hockey town.