Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin just scored his 30th goal of the 2016-17 season and achieved some history in the process.
The Russian machine is now the third player in NHL history to score 30-plus goals in each of his first 12 seasons. The only other players to accomplish that feat are Mike Gartner (first 15 seasons) and Wayne Gretzky (first 13 seasons).
According to Barry Trotz, the Washington Capitals were sleepwalking during the first two periods of play. Yet somehow they entered the second intermission tied 1-1 with the New York Rangers.
Late in the second period, Caps captain Alex Ovechkin tied the game up after rifling a bouncing puck past Henrik Lundqvist.
Alex Ovechkin just scored another big goal.
With 15 seconds remaining in the second period, Ovechkin unleashed a wicked shot from just outside The Ovi Spot to give the Caps a 3-2 lead over the Bruins. The goal is the 550th of Ovechkin’s career. It gives the Russian machine sole possession of 27th place on the all-time goalscoring list, passing longtime Penguin and Hartford Whaler Ron Francis.
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.
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