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After scoring two goals in the Washington Capitals’ 5-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Friday for his 11th goal in five games, the most he’s had in a five-game stretch during his career, captain Alex Ovechkin was named the NHL’s first star for the month of January. Ovechkin finished the month with a league-leading 13 goals and 15 points, which was fifth among all players. He also passed four Hall of Famers to climb to eighth-place on the NHL’s all-time goals list.
⭐️ Ovechkin led the NHL in goals (13) and ranked fifth in points (15) in January as he surpassed four Hockey Hall of Fame members on the League’s all-time goals list to move within five of 700.#NHLStats: https://t.co/GuoyUMM58W pic.twitter.com/cetI9nxYq3
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) February 1, 2020
For the third consecutive season, the 34-year old recorded back-to-back hat-tricks in a 5-2 win against the New Jersey Devils on January 16 before getting another in a 6-4 win at the New York Islanders on January 18. He also had multi-point outings in three straight for the first time in his career.
Thanks to his goal-scoring streak, Ovechkin has climbed into a tie with Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak for the league-lead in goals with 37 this season.
Ovechkin posted six multi-point games during the month of January and has gotten one in every game during his point-streak.
He earned his 695th career NHL goal and is only 13 behind seventh all-time.
Edmonton Oilers center Leon Draisaitl, who recorded six goals and 17 points in nine games during the month of January, and Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy, who posted nine wins, a 1.58 goals-against average, and a .948 save percentage, were the other stars of the month.
FIRST STAR – ALEX OVECHKIN, LW, WASHINGTON CAPITALS
Ovechkin led the NHL in goals (13) and ranked fifth in points (15) in January as he surpassed four Hockey Hall of Fame members on the NHL’s all-time goals list to move within five goals of 700 in his career and help the Capitals (35-12-5, 75 points) maintain their position as the League’s No. 1 team for a second straight month. The 34-year-old recorded three straight multi-goal games for the first time in his career (Jan. 13-18) and also netted 11 goals in five games for the first time (Jan. 13-31). He scored a hat trick on both Jan. 16 and Jan. 18 to become the third player in NHL history – and just the second in the past 98 years – to record consecutive hat tricks three times in his career, joining Wayne Gretzky (3x) and Joe Malone (4x). A total of five multi-goal games in January helped him score 13 or more goals in a calendar month for the first time since April 2013 and fifth time in his career. On track to become the second-fastest player in NHL history to reach the 700-goal mark (behind Gretzky), Ovechkin begins February with a share of the League lead in goals in 2019-20 (37). The eight-time Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy winner needs three goals to join Gretzky (12) as the second player to hit the 40-goal mark in 11 seasons.
By Harrison Brown