Alex Ovechkin with the highlight-reel … assist?
The Washington Capitals captain, who has built a career on scoring in spectacular fashion, dished out one of the prettiest assists you’ll see this season.
Coming down the left side, Ovechkin put the puck between his legs and the legs of Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Philippe Myers before dishing to teammate Tom Wilson for a goal during their game at Capital One Arena on Sunday.
Ovechkin had already scored his 710th NHL goal earlier in the first period when he picked up a pass from Nick Jensen in the neutral zone, dangled around Myers and moved in on goal.
Ovechkin then laid a perfect backhand pass, past linemate Nicklas Backstrom, and onto Wilson’ stick for a tap-in goal that made it 2-0 at 16:36.
Ovechkin later added another goal for his 711th, moving within six of Phil Esposito for sixth on the NHL all-time list, and another assist, giving him 1,290 points, 10 behind Jarome Iginla for 34th all-time. But it wasn’t enough for the Capitals in the Flyers’ 7-4 win.