Monday night in Montreal, Alex Ovechkin hit a historic milestone when he scored the 544th goal of his career. The tally tied Ovi with Maurice “Rocket” Richard, whom the league’s goalscoring trophy is named after.
Wednesday at Verizon Center, MOAR HISTORY HAPPENED. Our dearest Russian machine tallied point number 1,000, and he did so in front of his family, fans, and a national audience on TV. Ovechkin scored just 35 seconds into the game to become the 29th greatest goalscorer in NHL history.
Here’s how it happened.
Late in the third period, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scored the 544th goal of his career, tying him with one of the greatest players of all time, Maurice “Rocket” Richard.
Yes, the six-time winner of the Richard Trophy (for most goals in a season) is now tied with the trophy’s namesake. And of course Ovi did it in Richard’s hometown of Montreal.
Here’s how it happened.
Tuesday night at Verizon Center, Alex Ovechkin gave the Capitals a thrilling 6-5 overtime win. He also accomplished some more history. The one-time goal, which was beautifully assisted by John Carlson, was Ovechkin’s 19th overtime tally of his career.
Not only is that a Caps’ franchise record, Ovechkin is now tied with with hockey fossil Jaromir Jagr for the most OT goals in NHL history.
Don’t look now, but Alex Ovechkin is now only six points away from 1,000 after tallying career goal number 542.
Ovechkin scored 11:32 in the second period off an indirect slap shot pass by Matt Niskanen. Nisky got the primary assist, the 200th apple of his career, but the Prudential Center’s lively boards probably should have gotten the secondary one.
Over the last few days, we’ve done a lot of research about the Caps power play. Peter wrote about how the Caps’ power play depends almost entirely on Alex Ovechkin. Spenser talked about how Caps’ opponents have been limiting shots from Ovechkin, which has made the team’s once mighty power play percentage drop to the middle of the pack this season.
Whelp. I have some good news. Alex Ovechkin has snapped a seven-game goal drought, his longest since 2010. You’ll never guess how he did it.
Alex Ovechkin will have a very Happy (American) Thanksgiving with his video game console tomorrow. The Russian machine scored his 16th career hat trick on Thanksgiving eve, feasting on Carter Hutton’s merely average goaltending.
Let me set the scene. Ovechkin tallied a power play goal in the first period and a one-time goal in the second. In the third, Ovechkin raced up the ice after a Caps’ faceoff loss, and boomeranged a wrist shot past Hutton to complete the trick.
Let the hats fly!
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