Thursday, November 12, 2015

Williams Wants Selke Consideration for Shutting Ovechkin Down

For the second time in less than a week, Justin Williams has rained on Alexander Ovechkin's parade. Last Saturday at the Verizon Centre, Alexander Ovechkin had what would have been his 484th career goal disallowed when a coach's challenge revealed Williams had interfered with the goalie on the play. Tonight, during Washington's 5-2 victory over the Flyers, Williams was deemed offsides after a coach's challenge, nullifying Ovechkin's record-breaking goal for a second time.

Thus the Russian's quest to become the No. 1 Russian-born NHL scorer continues...

"It sucks," Ovechkin said after his goal on Sunday was disallowed. It would have given Ovechkin his 484th career goal and would have seen him move him ahead of Sergei Fedorov and into No. 1 on the all-time goals scored list for Russian-born NHL players.

After Thursday night's win in Philadelphia, Ovechkin summed his tantalizing evening up similarly. "It sucks again," he deadpanned.

The sniper said he'd have family and friends in attendance at the Verizon Centre on Friday when he goes for the record for the fourth time.

“It’s probably fitting that he gets a chance to do it in front of his own fans,” Capitals Coach Barry Trotz said, according to Isabelle Khurshudyan. “They’ve supported him all along, and I think it’d be a nice thing for him to do it at home. I was saying, he’s on pace for about 76 goals, and Williams has nullified two of them already.