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Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has been on goal-scoring tear in his team’s last handful of games, something that fans and his teammates are no strangers to. On Thursday night, the former first overall pick continued that streak with a goal against the New Jersey Devils and moving past an NHL great in the process.
With the Capitals down 2-1 in the second period, Ovechkin blasted a shot past New Jersey goaltender MacKenzie Blackwood to knot the score even on an assist from Daniel Sprong.
AUTO. MATIC. pic.twitter.com/bGPl3jj6CJ
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) March 26, 2021
The goal marked Ovechkin’s 15th of the 2020-21 season and puts him 11 goals shy of passing Marcel Dionne for fifth all-time in NHL history in Goals Scored.
Alex Ovechkin ties the game at 2-2 with his 15th goal of the season and seventh goal in his last seven games. Ovechkin is now 11 goals shy of surpassing Marcel Dionne (731g) for fifth place.
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) March 26, 2021
The goal was also The Great Eight’s 453rd even-strength goal, moving him past NHL great Mark Messier for seventh-most in NHL history.
Tying it at 2 vs the Devils for his @Capitals in the 2nd period tonight, Alex Ovechkin has recorded his 453rd career even strength goal. That moves him past Mark Messier for the 7th most by a player in NHL history pic.twitter.com/RFP8rjmfHp
— StatsCentre (@StatsCentre) March 26, 2021
With the Capitals starting a busy schedule the rest of the season, continued goal-scoring from their captain will be needed as they head down the stretch.
By Michael Fleetwood