A certain Russian star had eight shots on goal Saturday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Leafs and coach Ron Wilson came into tonight’s game with a plan to contain No. 8.
They did that, and they did it well. Especially if you look at one of the final penalty kills.
Ovechkin was looked upon as that guy to get things going again. He shot wide once, and, then, Jonas Gustavsson swallowed the second shot.
It was a beautifully orchestrated game by the Leafs (Joffrey Lupul, for example) to take advantage of a team hurting, but not damaged.
A win of 7-1 probably puts a bit of pain in the side, though. And Washington Capitals bench boss Bruce Boudreau blamed the fact that several of his players were looking to make something happen from an individual standpoint.
The Capitals just couldn’t click at the right time, but showed some promise.
The Leafs, however, needed this win to stay afloat in the division standings with the Buffalo Sabres, but more importantly, show what they can do even with a list of injuries. That, of course, includes James Reimer.
So, hopefully, for Leafs Nation, Gustavsson can swing this momentum. He did, after all, stop 40 shots while his teammates throw up 29 shots. Talk about making the most with less.
We’ll see what comes of this momentum during the four-game road trip against the Carolina Hurricanes, Tampa Bay Lightning, Dallas Stars and Anaheim Ducks.