Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin Scores Hat Trick In Victory Over The Islanders, Passes Mario Lemieux & Ties Steve Yzerman For 9th Place On The NHL All-Time Goals List

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Washington Capitals’ captain Alex Ovechkin had another milestone-making game in Saturday’s 6-4 win over the New York Islanders. He is now in the Top 10, officially passing Mario Lemieux and tying Steve Yzerman for ninth place on the NHL All-Time Goals List.

Ovechkin scored the first goal of the day, giving the Capitals a 1-0 lead midway in the opening frame. It marked his 32nd goal this season and would tie him with Lemieux (690) on the All-Time Goals List.

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After tying Lemieux, he would cut the Islanders’ lead by one just minutes into the third period. It would be his 33rd goal of the season.

In addition, he officially passed Lemieux for the 10th most goals in NHL history.

He was far from over. The Great Eight scored again with an empty-net goal for his 34th goal of the season. He scored his 692nd career goal, which ties him for 9th place with Steve Yzerman.

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He also recorded his 26th career hat trick and second straight game with a hat trick. Ovechkin netted a hatty in the 5-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday. It was the third time in his career that Ovechkin recorded hat tricks in consecutive games. Only two other players in NHL history have also done so as many times: Joe Malone (4x) and Wayne Gretzky (3x).

With his 26th career hat trick, Ovechkin ties Maurice Richard for the eight most hat tricks in NHL history. Additionally, it marks his 141st career multi-goal game, leaving him three shy of passing Phil Esposito (143) for the fifth-most in NHL history.

In 159 games, Ovechkin is on pace to go from 600 to 700 goals, which would be the fewest games from members of the 700-goal club.

Ovechkin has scored more hat tricks (26) than four teams since joining the NHL.

It was an epic comeback for Capitals, who were down 4-1 at the start of the final frame. With goals from forwards Carl Hagelin, Tom Wilson, and Jakub Vrana, Ovechkin told the media following the game, “We never give up. It doesn’t matter what the score is.”

By Della Young

About Della Young

Della Young is an aspiring novelist and screenwriter who earned a BFA in Creative Writing from Full Sail University in 2021. She comes from a family of big Capitals fans and became inspired to start writing for hockey in 2019. In her spare time, Della enjoys traveling, cooking, and working on both sides of the camera. Follow Della on Twitter: @dellayoung
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2 Responses to Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin Scores Hat Trick In Victory Over The Islanders, Passes Mario Lemieux & Ties Steve Yzerman For 9th Place On The NHL All-Time Goals List

  1. Anonymous says:

    Ovi is hard to believe at times. That’s how good he is.

  2. Esteban says:

    I am going to admit that I turned the game off after the 2nd period. I checked the score an hour later my wife wanted to know why I was cursing. I did the same thing after the empty net goal against the Sharks and they scored 2 in 45 seconds.

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