Alex Ovechkin has been on a tear ever since he was reunites with Nicklas Backstrom and the league has taken notice. To cap off a great week for the “Great Eight”, the NHL recognized him as the NHL’s Third Star of the Week. This is the second time Ovi has been recognized as a star of the week by the NHL this season. He was previously the NHL’s first star of the week ending 10/8 after scoring hat tricks in the first two games of the season.
Ovechkin scored five goals in the four Capitals games this past week. After Monday’s loss to Calgary, he scored in the next three games (vs. Ottawa, Tampa Bay, and Toronto). During the game at Toronto, Ovechkin notched his third hat trick of the season to pass Peter Bondra for the franchise lead for most career hat tricks with 20. Ovechkin leads the league in goals this season with 18.
This is the fourth time this season a Capitals player has been named a star of the week. Nicklas Backstrom won the third star of the week for the week ending 10/15 and Braden Holtby was honored as the third star of the week ending 11/12.
Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets was named the NHL’s second star of the week while the first star of the week belonged to Vegas Golden Knights forward Jonathan Marchessault.
— NHL (@NHL) November 27, 2017
FROM THE CAPITALS MEDIA RELEASE
Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has been named the NHL’s “Third Star” for the week ending Nov. 26, the NHL announced today.
Ovechkin paced the NHL with five goals in four games (5-0—5) to guide the Capitals (14-10-1, 29 points) to a trio of wins. After being held off the scoresheet in a 4-1 loss to the Calgary Flames Nov. 20, Ovechkin scored in each of his next three outings. That included one goal in both a 5-2 triumph over the Ottawa Senators Nov. 22 and 3-1 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning Nov. 24. Ovechkin capped the week with his 20th career hat trick – in front of one of his biggest fans, 13-year-old cancer survivor Alex Luey – in a 4-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs Nov. 25. The 32-year-old Moscow, Russia, native ranks first in the NHL with 18 goals in 25 contests in 2017-18 (18-7—25).
By Michael Marzzacco