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After scoring 51 goals in the 2018-19 regular season and his Capitals suffering a heartbreaking loss in their first round playoff series against the Carolina Hurricanes, Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin was bound to come into the 2019-20 regular season with a score to settle.
And having had a tendency to come through when needed, the recently-turned 34-year old left wing picked up where he left off last season, scoring in the first period of the team’s season opener against the St. Louis Blues.
With the Capitals down 2-0 late in the opening frame in St. Louis, Ovechkin fired the puck past Blues netminder Jordan Binnington to cut the defending Stanley Cup champions’ lead in half.
The goal came at the 15:37 mark of the first period, one in which the Capitals found themselves down early (St. Louis’ Sammy Blais scored just 53 seconds into the game) and outshot 7-5. Ovechkin’s goal was assisted by defenseman John Carlson and center Lars Eller. Ovechkin’s goal was his first of the 2019-20 campaign and the 659th of his career, which puts him just 10 shy of passing Luc Robitaille for 12th all-time.
By Michael Fleetwood