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By The SI Staff
November 21, 2014

Alex Ovechkin has scored a lot of crazy goals during his career with the Washington Capitals, though few have equaled the sheer improbability of  “The Goal” against the Phoenix Coyotes in 2006, when Ovechkin scored from his back and even left then-coach of the Phoenix Coyotes Wayne Gretzky flabbergasted. 

But on Thursday night against the Colorado Avalanche, he got pretty close to matching that 2006 magic. At 14:04 of the third period, Ovechkin scored the game-winner in the Capitals’ 3-2 win. He curled the puck between Avalanche defender Jan Hejda’s legs and put the puck on net. Reto Berra made the initial save, but couldn’t control the rebound. Ovechkin punched his own rebound into the back of the net from an impossible angle. 


(Gif via Russian Machine Never Breaks)

The goal was Ovechkin’s ninth of the season. He also collected an assist, his ninth, on teammate Nicklas Backstrom’s first period goal. He has 18 points on the season to lead the Capitals in scoring.

Ovechkin scored 51 goals during the 2013-14 season, winning the Rocket Richard Trophy for the fourth time in his career.

-- Katie Brown 

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