There’s something about Montreal that brings the best out of Alex Ovechkin. Monday night, Ovechkin had another big night at Bell Center, tallying three points and bringing his career point total to 999.
Ovechkin also scored his 544th career goal, tying Maurice Richard for 29th all time.
After the game, Ovechkin posed with the milestone puck.
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.
Nicklas Backstrom was already the Washington Capitals’ franchise leader in assists. On Saturday, Nicky registered his 500th career apple, making him the second-fastest Swede and the 139th player of all-time to reach that threshold (68 of those players are in the Hall of Fame).
The enormity of the moment was not lost on his teammates. After Oshie one-timed Backstrom’s pass into back of the net, Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin celebrated, raising his arms with glee. As he approached his teammates’ goal hug, Ovechkin suddenly remembered Backstrom’s milestone and picked up the puck.
We know this because we found footage of that fateful moment from the overhead goal cam.
Saturday night at Canadian Tire Centre, Nicklas Backstrom registered his 500th career assist on TJ Oshie’s 13th goal of the season. The assist put the Caps up 1-0 against the Ottawa Senators early in the first period of the game.
One former teammate had a special message up for Nicky immediately after the milestone: Brooks Laich.
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.
Evgeny Kuznetsov played in his 206th career game tonight as a Capital and – just like Alex Ovechkin – hit a milestone.
After tallying a primary assist on Justin Williams’ third-period goal, Kuznetsov became the fourth-fastest player in franchise history to reach 100 assists. The only Capitals players who have accomplished this faster are pretty dang good: Nicklas Backstrom (138 GP), Alex Ovechkin (159 GP), and Mike Gartner (194 GP).
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.
On a night where a franchise record 20,662 stuffed animals were donated to charity, the Hershey Bears organization also saw a milestone achieved by one of its newest players.
22-year-old rookie Zach Sanford scored his first professional goal during Hershey’s 4-2 victory over Syracuse, Sunday night. After Nathan Walker forced a turnover, the Australian hit Sanford with a pass in front of the crease. Sanford then beat Crunch goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis with a pinpoint perfect shot over the blocker 23 seconds into the third period. The goal made it 2-0 Hershey.
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