Off the Post: Capitals Finally Get By Pittsburgh, Alexander Ovechkin Post Game Comments – After three straight second round losses to the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Washington Capitals have finally slayed the beast and are off to the Eastern Conference Finals. For team captain Alexander Ovechkin, this was a mighty hurdle to clear. The Capitals had finished first in the Metropolitan Division the past two seasons, but found themselves handcuffed by Sidney Crosby and the Penguins in the playoffs. After Monday’s overtime win, Ovechkin chatted about what it means to him and his team with Russ Cohen.
Ovechkin has been with the Capitals for his entire NHL career. He was drafted first overall by Washington in the 2004 Entry Draft, and made his debut during the 2005-06 season. As a prospect, Ovechkin was heralded as a surefire superstar and drew comparisons to Mario Lemieux. His rookie season was one to remember as he lead all NHL rookies in goals, points, power-play goals and shots. To nobody’s surprise, he would win the Calder Trophy in 2006. As one would expect, his rookie cards are a hot commodity and will only increase in value if the Capitals can make their way to the Stanley Cup final. You can find many of his rookie cards among Upper Deck’s 2005-06 catalog of products.
In 82 games this season, Ovechkin scored 87 points with 49 goals and 38 assists. His 49 goals led the entire NHL. In six games against Pittsburgh in their playoff series, he scored seven points with three goals and four assists. Collectors can find Ovechkin’s cards among all of Upper Deck’s 2017-18 Hockey products including Trilogy, Artifacts, Series 1 & Series 2, O-Pee-Chee Platinum and many more!
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