Tuesday night, Russian god of passing Evgeny Kuznetsov scored his 100th career NHL point. The milestone point came on Justin Williams’ 17th goal of the season. It was a tremendous effort by the three-time Stanley Cup champion, who, after getting initially stopped by Pekka Rinne, knocked home his own rebound.
For the second year in a row, Ovechkin has scored his 30th goal on Super Bowl Sunday. Last time it was an Ovi shot from the Ovi spot, assisted by Mike Green, and scored on the Blues. This time it was an atypical tip-in to tie the game.
Usually it’s some guy on the other team who scores his first NHL goal during Caps games. On Saturday afternoon it was Paul Carey, Hershey Bears call-up and veteran of 24 NHL games. Carey’s goal tied the game with six minutes remaining and wasn’t exactly what you’d call a “pure skill” goal from the guy in the Washington #28 jersey.
The All-Star Game barely resembles hockey, except for the fact that Evgeny Kuznetsov is scoring. This one comes from an assist from Carolina’s Justin Faulk, who you might be surprised to learn is an All-Star.
Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner has now played in 423 consecutive games, passing Bob Carpenter for the franchise’s all-time record. Hockey is arguably the most brutal of the top four American sports. Playing just a single 82-season without missing a game is an accomplishment. Alzner’s managed to string four of those together, plus a full 48-game season after the 2012 lockout, and he’s well on his way to doing it again this season again (knock on wood).
Capitals owner Ted Leonsis, president Dick Patrick, and general manager Brian MacLellan joined Ovechkin, Ovechkin’s parents Mikhail and Tatyana, and Ovechkin’s fiancé Nastya Shubskaya on the ice. The team began the ceremony by showing a video on the jumbotron with a litany of NHL legends congratulating Ovechkin on the feat. It was capped off by Wayne Gretzky. “You’ve brought a lot of joy to a lot of people around the world,” The Great One said.
On Sunday, Alex Ovechkin scored his 500th career goal, becoming the 43rd player in NHL history to accomplish the feat. I said on Monday night after our 11th article relating to the goal, and I will say it again during our 12th: there were so many tiny, wonderful moments contained inside that one, we’re still sorting through them all.
While Williams didn’t assist on the tally, he was on the ice when Ovechkin scored. And just like he has been all throughout his career, Williams was calm under fire, remembering to pick up the milestone puck before joining in on the team’s celebration.
Such as we learned that there is apparently no end to Braden Holtby‘s other-worldly talents. Not only is he currently 19-0-2 in his past 22 games, but he’s also an accomplished jumper. As Ovechkin scored, Holtby managed to jump (in all of his equipment) higher than the entire home bench, before racing onto the ice to celebrate the milestone goal with their captain.
When Alex Ovechkin scored his 500th goal on Sunday, a few readers noticed that Ovechkin’s parents, Tatyana and Mikhail, were sitting in totally different areas of Verizon Center. A proud Tatyana, wearing a yellow coat, broke down in tears.