Make it 30! Alex Ovechkin Scores Two First Period Goals After Getting Clipped By High-Stick, Joins Elite Company with 30th Goal

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Just a few after scoring two goals in the first period of a 2-0 shutout win against the Carolina Hurricanes, Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin repeated the feat against the New Jersey Devils, in Thursday night’s division tilt at Capital One Arena. The two goals gave Ovechkin his 15th consecutive 30-goal season, an accomplishment that puts him in rare company in NHL history.

Earlier in the period, Ovechkin was hit up high by New Jersey forward Miles Wood’s stick, cutting the Capitals’ captain lip open, though going uncalled by the officials, which was met with some heat by Ovechkin, who responded in the best way possible.

Ovechkin’s first goal came at the 15:17 mark of the first period, on a 5-on-3 power play, from his typical spot in the left faceoff dot. The goal was his 28th of the 2019-20 season and came on assists from John Carlson and Nicklas Backstrom.

Ovechkin’s second tally of the opening frame came just under four minutes later at the 19:08 mark, on an assist from Backstrom. The goal was the former first overall pick’s 30th of the season and pushed the Caps’ lead to 2-0 after 20 minutes of play.

Ovechkin’s 30th goal gave him his 15th consecutive 30-goal season, a feat only accomplished by former Capitals forwards Mike Gartner and Jaromir Jagr, and becomes the first player to do so with the same team. Additionally, he joins Gartner as the only player to record 30 goals in his first 15 seasons.

Ovechkin’s two-goal game gave him his 140th multi-goal contest, passing Los Angeles Kings great Marcel Dionne for sixth-most in NHL history, and just four from passing Phil Esposito (143) in fifth. Ovechkin’s two goals gives him 688 in his career, bringing him to within three of passing Mario Lemieux for 10th all-time. Additionally, Ovechkin’s 0.60 Goals Per Game average in his career ranks The Great Eight fifth in NHL history, including a rate of 0.57 Goals Per Game since reaching 30 years of age. Of all players who have reached 700 goals in their career, only two have scored at a rate of 0.50 or more from the age of 30.

By recording an assist on Ovechkin’s two goals, Backstrom recorded his 256th and 257th assists to Ovechkin. In the history of the NHL, only three players (Wayne Gretzky, Bryan Trottier, and Henrik Sedin) have assisted a teammate more.

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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2 Responses to Make it 30! Alex Ovechkin Scores Two First Period Goals After Getting Clipped By High-Stick, Joins Elite Company with 30th Goal

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  2. Esteban says:

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