Add Another to the Books! Alex Ovechkin Reaches New Milestones In Capitals’ 5-2 Victory Over Detroit Red Wings

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In the Washington Capitals 5-2 win against the Detroit Red Wings Saturday night, on a night in which he scored a hat trick, Alex Ovechkin achieved several new personal milestones, adding to a long list of accomplishments for The Great Eight.

Ovechkin’s first goal came at the 9:21 mark of the second period, giving the Caps a 2-1 lead in the game. The marker was his 18th of the season and allowed him to tie Peter Stastny for 38th on the NHL’s all-time points list. His second goal at the 18:25 mark of the third period (an empty-net) carried him past Stastny for sole possession of 38th all-time in points, and marked the Caps’ captain’s 137th multi-goal game, putting him within two of tying Marcel Dionne for sixth-most in league history. His 18th marker also moved him even closer to 11th all-time in Goals Scored

Ovechkin’s final tally came on another empty-net, and gave him three on the night, in addition to an assist on a goal by Tom Wilson. The four-point night pushed The Great Eight to 1,241 career points, which is behind Jean Ratelle’s 1,267 points for 37th all-time. The three-goal game for Ovechkin was the 24th of his career, allowing him to pass Jari Kurri for the 10th-most in NHL history and requiring him to record one more hat trick to tie Hall of Famer Cy Denneny who ranks ninth with 25 hat tricks in his career.

Ovechkin’s first tally on Red Wings goalie Jonathan Bernier was his seventh all-time on the netminder, giving him at least seven goals against 32 different goaltenders in his 15-season career.

Ovechkin’s 20 goals for the season ranks second in the league, behind Boston Bruins superstar David Pastrnak. Reaching the 20-goal plateau yet again puts the 2004 first overall pick in the company of Marcel Dionne, Mike Gartner, Jaromir Jagr, and Mats Sundin as the only five players in NHL history to record 20 or more goals in their first 15 NHL seasons.


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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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4 Responses to Add Another to the Books! Alex Ovechkin Reaches New Milestones In Capitals’ 5-2 Victory Over Detroit Red Wings

  1. Day One Caps Fan says:

    This guy is immortal, is he not? Great summary Diane D. Many thanks

    I bought ten boxes of “Ovi O’s” at a Giant Food store in Warrenton, VA. Did that because I live in a nearby state where Giant does not carry the Caps-themed breakfast food. The ten boxes are Xmas presents for friends and family — including several Flyers and Penguins fans

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