Alex Ovechkin Passes Luc Robitaille On All-Time Power Play Goals, Reaches and Approaches Other Milestones in Loss to Nashville

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While the Capitals’ 6-5 loss to the Nashville Predators ended in less than spectacular fashion, there were a few bright spots in the contest, including continued production from blueliner John Carlson, and more notably, two power play markers from captain Alex Ovechkin, who passed Luc Robitaille for fourth all-time on the power play goals list in NHL history.

Prior to his two-goal night, Ovechkin sat tied with Robitaille with 247 for his career. He now needs just one more power play goal to reach 250 power play goals in his career and needs six more power play tallies to tie Teemu Selanne for third place on the All-Time List. In addition, he is eight markers short of passing Robitaille on the All-Time Goals List.

Ovechkin’s second power play goal of the game was also the 133rd multi-goal game of his career, leaving him just three shy of passing former Capital Mike Gartner (135) for the fourth-most multi-goal games in NHL history. The night also marked the 21st game in which he scored multiple power play goals.

Ovechkin’s first goal against Nashville netminder Pekka Rinne also marked the first of his career against the longtime Preds goalie and the 135th different goaltender he has scored against. Put in perspective, there have been 6,304 players in the league’s history that have scored as many or fewer goals in their careers.

Despite his night of milestones and climbs up the record books, Ovechkin’s performance was not enough for his team to beat a Predators team backed by a raucous crowd at Bridgestone Arena.

By Diane Doyle

About Diane Doyle

Been a Caps fan since November 1975 when attending a game with my then boyfriend and now husband.
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