NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals and goalie Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers look up at the video board on the scoredboard after Lundqvist made a save on a break away attempt by Ovechkin in the first overtime period in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on April 20, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Alex Ovechkin had the game on his stick and a clear sheet of ice in front of him.
It was midway through the first overtime of Wednesday night's Game 4 at storied Madison Square Garden. With the bright lights of New York focused on The Great 8, it was his time to shine.
But Ovechkin, who has never scored an OT game winner in the postseason, missed his opportunity to cash in.
After taking an outlet pass at center ice, Ovi set his sights on Lundqvist. Instead of deking the all-world netminder, he decided to shoot high glove side.
An intriguing decision -- one that reminded some of his breakaway chance in Game 7 of the Penguins series two years ago. In that instance, Ovi put a few shoulder fakes on Marc-Andre Fleury, but was denied by The Flower's quick glove hand.
Two years later, Ovi had another chance to bury a playoff breakaway, and saw a similar outcome.
This time Ovechkin tried to catch Lundqvist off his guard and let go of a shot high glove side early as the netminder was backing up. But Lundqvist was ready and knocked down Ovi's shot with his left paw.
Luckily for Ovechkin, Jason Chimera eventually scored the game-winning goal to complete the team's comeback.
For the team, to win a game like that without Ovi scoring is a big boost.
"Ovi didn't score, and that's a key," Chimera told Comcast SportsNet after the game, adding that the play of linemate Marcus Johansson, who scored twice, was huge.
The players will celebrate and savor this win, but Ovi will have to wait for another chance to be the overtime hero.