Alex Ovechkin is the NHL’s First Star of the Week Again

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mariaAlex Ovechkin continued his meteoric rise last week with seven goals, two assists, a shootout game-winner, and his second First Star of the Week honor this season. His reunion with Nick Backstrom, his comfort at right wing, and playing on an electric power play have certainly contributed to Ovi’s recent success, which has seen the Capitals jump from a 10% chance of making the playoffs on March 14 to an 80% chance as of Monday morning. During that time span, Ovechkin has had a point in about half of Capitals’ goals since then and he has scored 16 of them personally.

So yeah. He’s pretty good. R.M.N.B.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 8, 2013

Alex Ovechkin Named NHL’s “First Star” of the Week
Caps captain now shares the League lead in goals

ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has been named the NHL’s “First Star” for the week ending April 7, the NHL announced today.

Ovechkin led the NHL with seven goals and tied for the League lead with nine points in four games. He also paced all skaters with four power-play points, including two goals, raising his season totals to an NHL-best 14 power-play goals and 21 power-play points. Ovechkin began the week by scoring two goals, including the game-winner, and adding an assist in a 5-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes April 2. He netted the lone shootout goal in a 2-1 win over the New York Islanders April 4 and then recorded his 12th career hat trick, including the game-winner, and an assist in a 4-3 triumph over the Florida Panthers April 6. Ovechkin closed out the week by scoring two goals in a 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning April 7, bumping his season goal total to 25 – tied for first in the NHL with the Lightning’s Steven Stamkos

The 27-year-old Moscow native leads the Capitals and ranks tied for first in the league in goals and ranks tied for sixth in points. He has recorded 16 goals and seven assists in his last 14 games, including scoring his 20th goal of the season on April 2 at Carolina. The only other active players to score at least 20 goals in each of their first eight NHL seasons are Jaromir Jagr (17), Teemu Selanne (11) and Ilya Kovalchuk (10, through last season). Ovechkin became the 36th player in NHL history to score 20 or more goals in his first eight seasons in the league and became the only player to have scored 20 or more goals each of the last eight seasons (since 2005-06).

The Capitals have gone 8-1-1 in their last 10 games and currently lead the Southeast Division by two points. Washington is in the midst of a season-high, four-game winning streak.

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  • Kolzig37

    Awkward high fives all around in that gif.

  • http://www.facebook.com/aemoreira81 Adam Moreira

    And he’s back to better than a point-a-game and his defense has improved greatly (as of this post, he’s even). This should silence the doubters.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Veritas.Aequitas.Fidelis Sean Allen Clement

    So this Ovechkin fella, he’s lackluster and washed up right? -Mike Milbury

  • Mike Milbury

    This guy is a real disgrace to the game. Scoring all those goals. When I was GM for the Bruins, we never scored this much! Act like a man for Gods sake!

  • yv

    If Ovi will keep getting 1-2 points per game all the way till the end, along with Caps comfortably in playoffs, he could win all trophies possible: Hart, Ross, Richard, Lindsay. Will it would be something?! I remember he said somewhere in early March something like, ‘i better start scoring to catch those guys’ and indeed he did.

  • joe

    how about comeback player of the year since is supposedly was soooo bad the last two.

  • Jules

    Haha, I thought the same thing!!!

  • blondinwrx

    he hasn’t been bought out yet? What a toxic asshole.

    Sorry, doing my best @hnicsimmer impression. I think i nailed it.

  • http://twitter.com/dylanwheatley83 dylan wheatley

    would love to see him end the season with the goal title and the hart. throw in backstrom for most assists, too. this team is going to be a juggernaut next season.

  • Rhino40

    At risk of sounding like broken record, I must say again:
    Suck it, Milbury. hahahahahahahaha)))))))))

  • http://www.facebook.com/aemoreira81 Adam Moreira

    Knowing OV’s luck—he’ll probably end up being invited to Vegas as one of the final 3 for the Hart and lose it (he should win the Rocket Richard, however).

  • LetsGoCaps

    The girl behind Ovie’s fiancee is too distracting.

  • Slapshot

    What in the hell is that guy in the Red Wings tee doing to her? Feeding her a puck? It’s distracting my attention way from Maria damnit!!!

  • scott

    13 points back of sidney with 9 games to go dont think he will quit get there for Ross and linday is voted on by the players so sids a lock for that one too.

  • Sean McCarty

    The better question is “What is a guy in a red Wings jersey even doing there?”

  • GuestZ

    well, since she’s a special needs person, let’s think for a second…

  • Guest

    I can’t stop watching the GIF, I laugh, then feel terrible, and look again and repeat. Looks like she is yelling goalllll. Straight to hell with me. Now I feel bad…

  • http://twitter.com/sirstanley11 bskillet

    Caps gain the last SE title, Ovi gets “Rocket” Richard trophy and we will have to wait and see the rest???

  • Guest

    I’ve seen the girl in the gif before. She IS special needs, and thats her father. And while he is rocking the red wings wheel, she is most definitely rocking a capitals sweater. Show some respect.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    Aw that’s really cute about her dad.

    I’m sure they didn’t mean anything by it. Thanks for the info.

  • ChuchutrainLA

    R u an idiot? When did IT ever happen to him?