Video: Alex Killorn tries to impede Alex Ovechkin from bench, fails

By Chris Peters | Hockey Writer

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Nothing can stop Alex Ovechkin right now. Not even an outstretched stick from the opposing team's bench.

With the Washington Capitals up on the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 and Tampa's goalie pulled, Ovechkin picked up a loose puck and was off to the races for an empty-net goal. In the game's dying seconds, Lightning rookie Alex Killorn reached his stick out from the bench to try and take the puck off Ovechkin's stick, which of course is a penalty.

Ovechkin just kept skating, however, keeping the puck on his stick and buried his 25th of the season, tying him with Steven Stamkos for the NHL lead. Ovechkin didn't have to put the puck in the net because Killorn's infraction would have made it an automatic goal, but that isn't Ovi's style. He put it in anyway.

Ovechkin is on fire right now with seven goals over his last four games. He actually has goals in 11 of his last 14 and has helped vault the Caps into the Southeast Division lead.

For Killorn, there is unlikely to be any further action. By rule, interfering with a play from the bench is a minor penalty, which was going to be called. Maybe Killorn was just trying to preserve Stamkos' league goal scoring lead. Not the best way to do it, obviously.

Here's another angle with a better view of Killorn reaching.

The Capitals took home a 4-2 win and now have a two-point lead on Winnipeg in the Southeast Division race.

 
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