Ovi Magic: With Two-Point First Period Against Buffalo Sabres, Alex Ovechkin Now At 363 Multi-Point Games

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With the puck dropped in the first period of the Washington Capitals’ 2020-21 season opener against the Buffalo Sabres, Washington captain Alex Ovechkin’s 16th NHL season began, and the inevitable talk of how many goals he would record began. However, with two assists in the first period of the contest, Ovechkin made a notable mark on the record books.

Ovechkin’s first helper came at the 5:43 mark of the opening frame, when a pass from T.J. Oshie found it’s way to Ovechkin who, after collecting the pass off his skate boot, managed to nudge it across to Center Nicklas Backstrom, who put the puck past Buffalo goaltender Carter Hutton to give the Capitals’ a 1-0 lead.

Ovechkin’s second point and assist of the opening frame came on a goal by right wing T.J. Oshie, whose battle in front of the net resulted in a poked puck through the pads of Hutton, after a shot from the left faceoff circle was sent through traffic by the Capitals’ captain.

The second helper marked Ovechkin’s 20th career point (11 goals, nine assists) in 16 career season-opening games and gives the former first overall pick (2004) 363 career multi-point games, placing him second in the league since his rookie season of 2005-06 (in which he recorded two goals in his and the Capitals’ first game).

The Capitals headed into the first intermission ahead by one, 2-1 on the goal by Oshie.

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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