Climbing On Up: Alex Ovechkin Ties Brendan Shanahan in Even-Strength Points By A Left Wing

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Just one night ago, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin surpassed NHL great Mark Messier in even-strength goals with his 15th goal of the 2020-21 season. In the first period of the Capitals’ second meeting with the New Jersey Devils in as many nights, The Great Eight continued his climb up the record books with his 16th goal of the season in the first period.

At the 5:58 mark of the opening frame, Ovechkin took a slick pass from Evgeny Kuznetsov to bury his 16th of the season past New Jersey goalie Scott Wedgewood.

The goal marked Ovechkin’s 810th career even-strength point, tying him with Brendan Shanahan for the fourth-most even-strength points among Left Wings in NHL history, behind the likes of Johnny Bucyk, Luc Robitaille, and Bobby Hull.

Kuznetsov’s assist was his 10th point in his last nine games, a stretch in which he has recorded three goals and seven assists.

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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