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Bouncing Back

As you know, Alex Ovechkin was held to just one shot on goal in last night's double overtime loss to the Flyers.

A quick glance at how AO followed up each of the games in which he had two or fewer shots on goal this past regular season:
  • 0 SOG @ NYI (10/8); Next game: 1 goal, 7 SOG @ NYR
  • 2 SOG @ ATL (11/6); Next game: 1 goal, 1 assist 10 SOG @ OTT
  • 1 SOG vs. NJD (12/10); Next game: 1 goal, 5 SOG vs. NYR
  • 2 SOG @ NYI (12/22); Next game: 1 assist, 3 SOG vs. TBL
  • 2 SOG @ PIT (12/27); Next game: 4 goals, 1 assist, 5 SOG @ OTT
  • 2 SOG vs. TOR (1/24); Next game: 0 points, 4 SOG @ MTL
  • 1 SOG vs. NYI (2/20); Next game: 3 assists, 8 SOG @ CAR
  • 2 SOG @ NJD (2/29); Next game: 1 goal, 1 assist, 4 SOG vs. TOR
  • 2 SOG @ CHI (3/19); Next game: 2 goals, 2 assists, 9 SOG @ ATL
That's nine games in which opponents held Ovechkin to two or fewer shots on goal, and he has rebounded with an average of 1.4 goals, 1.0 assists and 6.1 shots on goal. He has only been held off the score sheet in one of those nine games (and then only because he faced an amazing goalie) and scored at least one goal in two-thirds of them.

Point being, you can't keep a good man down... and Alex is a very, very good man.