Alex Ovechkin’s Goal That Wasn’t

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Posted November 7, 2015

Braden Holtby congratulates Alex Ovechkin on his goal before it was overruled. (Caps Outsider)

On the night he wanted to break Sergei Fedorov’s record for most goals by a Russian-born player, Alex Ovechkin did, then he didn’t, as Toronto’s coach’s challenge got the initial game-tying goal overturned, keeping Ovechkin from getting the Russian record.

“It sucks,” Ovechkin said of celebrating the milestone only to have it taken away.

“I’ll say it. I don’t like it. I don’t like it at all,” said Justin Williams of the coach’s challenge, and the one who ultimately made contact with the goalie to get the goal overturned.

“It’s a work in progress,” Coach Barry Trotz said of the rule in general.

Nicklas Backstrom got revenge, though, netting the game-tying goal with about a second left to send the game into overtime. After the goal, Ovechkin basically love-attacked Backstrom.