Stan Galiev Earns His First NHL Goal (GIF)

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That’s the puck, stuck in the back of the net.

Stan Galiev has taken a grand total of two shots in his two games in the NHL, and he’s already recorded his first NHL goal.

In garbage time of the Caps’ loss to the Rangers in the final game of the regular season, Barry Trotz gave his rookie line the ice. Like usual, the rookies raided the offensive zone. Michael Latta loosed a desperate shot, and Galiev corralled the rebound for his milestone marker.

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The Washington Capitals have a tradition. Whenever any player scores a milestone goal, the players who assisted will pose together with the puck. This explains the belly laugh-inducing photo of the Sashas and Jason Arnott from a few years ago.

On Thursday night, Alex Ovechkin cheesed for the camera after scoring his franchise-leading 473rd goal and to his right was… Braden Holtby? That can’t be right.

Okay, I’m checking the box score and yes, this is correct. Let’s see just how this happened.

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Humble Barry Trotz Wins 600th Game as Coach


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While we are jerks and nitpick his lines, there’s no denying Barry Trotz is one of the most successful bench bosses in NHL history. On Thursday, Trotz recorded his 600th career win after the Caps’ 5-4 shootout victory over the Montreal Canadiens. That’s a feat that only 12 other men in NHL history have accomplished.

Trotz is the fourth most-winningest active coach in the NHL.

Most of Trotz’s victories, 557, came during his 15 seasons with the expansion Nashville Predators. Thursday’s win marked Trotz’s 43rd with Washington this season.

After the game, he spoke about his accomplishment with The Washington Post’s Alex Prewitt.

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Alex Ovechkin is the Washington Capitals’ all-time goal-scoring leader.

With a power-play snipe to beat Carey Price in the second period of Thursday’s Canadiens game, Alex Ovechkin scored his 473rd goal as a Capital, finally passing the great Peter Bondra.

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Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin hit another milestone on Tuesday. The Russian machine scored his 50th goal– an accomplishment he’s reached six times time in his career. There are only two players in NHL history who have done it more: Wayne Gretzky and Mike Bossy, both with nine. So tonight is special– even if right now it feels like meh, just another goal from the Ovi.

Mike Green said it best:

“Every year it’s getting harder and harder,” Ovechkin said after the game. Yet even at age 29 (when he should have already slowed down), he’s still putting up huge numbers.

Let’s enjoy this moment.

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Fifty goals for Alex Ovechkin.

With a simple wrist shot from the slot, Alex Ovechkin has tied Peter Bondra for the franchise lead in goals, hit the 50-goal mark for the 6th time, and given his Capitals a two-goal lead.


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Friday night in Portland, Maine, one Washington Capitals prospect had an odd milestone. 2013 first-round pick Andre Burakovsky scored his first American Hockey League goal. In an odd twist, it came 163 days after his first NHL goal earlier this season.

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Nicklas Backstrom’s 400th Career Assist (GIFs)


Nicklas Backstrom finally got number 400. His 400th career assist came late in the second period, a quick response to Ryan Johansen’s goal just 33 seconds earlier.

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Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has another record. With a primary assist on Nicklas Backstrom’s first period goal, the 29-year-old Ovechkin became the Caps’ all-time points leader (826).

Against the Coyotes on Sunday, Ovechkin tied Peter Bondra‘s mark of 825 after scoring a goal and three assists. Bonzai was in attendance in Ted Leonsis’s box Wednesday as The Great Eight broke his record in 270 fewer games.

“Congratulations to Alex Ovechkin on the outstanding achievement of becoming the leading scorer in Washington Capitals history,” said Wayne Gretzky through a Caps press release. “He’s a tremendous talent with many great years and achievements ahead of him.”

“You’re still the man, Bonzai,” Craig Laughlin said he texted Bondra during the second period.

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During the fall, 20-year-old forward Liam O’Brien was given an amateur contract from the Capitals. Back then, his goal was simply to stick around for a few more days. Instead, he became one of the most impressive players during camp, earning a three-year entry-level contract at its completion for his hard work and grit.

On October 14th, O’Brien notched his first NHL point (and first NHL tongue wag) against the San Jose Sharks. Against the Canucks on Sunday, O’Brien scored his first NHL goal on former Vezina Trophy winner Ryan Miller.

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