Our look back at the 2013-2014 Colorado Avalanche season continues today as we highlight captain Gabriel Landeskog blowing by Alexander Ovechkin and then scoring.
When Tomas Hertl scored a between the legs goal against the New York Rangers, Caps head coach Adam Oates said that Hertl “disrespected the league” with how he scored. I wonder how Oates felt when Colorado Avalanche star Gabriel Landeskog made Alexander Ovechkin his personal turnstile in a 4-1 Avs victory over the Capitals. With the Caps trailing 3-1, they tried to go all out on the offensive end, which left Ovechkin, who finished the season with a plus/minus of -35, back to cover. As Landeskog skated along the boards, Ovechkin tried to free the puck with a classic hip check. No one told Ovechkin that, even though he’s only 21 years old, it takes more than a soft hip check to jar Landeskog from the puck. Landeskog skated right by Ovechkin and then fought off a couple of weak stick checks to maintain possession of the puck as he skated in on a two-on-one with Paul Stastny. Landeskog decided to finish things himself, ripping a shot past goalie Braden Holtby and into the net. This is the kind of goal that epitomized the Avalanche season: young players with speed, strength, and talent capitalizing on their counter attacks. The Avs weren’t a great puck possession team this year, but they skated circles around the opposition on the rush and almost always finished their scoring chances.