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While the Capitals’ 2-1, series-evening loss to the Carolina Hurricanes put a dent in the mood of the team, and fans, the Caps’ lone goal came on the power play from Alex Ovechkin, who was serenaded with boos from an angry PNC Arena crowd after knocking out star rookie Andrei Svechnikov in a fight in Game 3. The goal, however, moved The Great Eight up the NHL record books yet again.
With his goal on the man-advantage in the second period of Thursday night’s game, Ovechkin’s career playoff goal total stands at 63. Having tied NHL great Bobby Hull with a goal in Game 1, Ovechkin is now tied with fellow countryman and Pittsburgh Penguins star Evgeni Malkin, whose career playoff goal total sits at 63, tying the first and second overall picks, respecitvely, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft for 26th on the NHL’s All-Time Playoff Goals List. With Malkin and the Penguins eliminated in the first round, Ovechkin is on the verge of tying a number of other players for 25th on the all-time list.
Ovechkin played 21:33 on Thursday night, finishing with the goal and a minus-2 rating with two shots on goal and three hits. With the series tied 2-2, the Capitals and their captain will look to rebound on Saturday after losing two straight in Raleigh.
By Michael Fleetwood