Comin’ In Hot Against the Devils: Alex Ovechkin Scores Seventh Goal In Seven Games, Moves Past Mark Messier In Even-Strength Goals

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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.

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.

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.

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

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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