GOAT Gets A Goal! Alex Ovechkin Scores First Goal of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Ties Steve Yzerman in Career Playoff Goals

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After a tough, overtime loss in Game 2 at Capital One Arena on Monday, the Washington Capitals were hoping to get off to a good start against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night. While it took until the second period, they did just that on a goal from captain Alex Ovechkin.

Ovechkin, who had yet to light the lamp in the 2021 postseason, scored his first of the playoffs at the 8:21 mark of the second on an assist from Anthony Mantha.

The goal marked Ovechkin’s 70th career postseason tally, tying him with Detroit Red Wings great Steve Yzerman for the 17th-most in NHL history. Only three other European-born players, one-time Capitals Esa Tikkanen and Jaromir Jagr, and Jari Kurri, have reached 70 career playoff goals.

The goal was also Ovechkin’s 800th overall goal of his career (regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs), making him just the sixth player to do so, and sits three from passing Mark Messier for fifth-highest combined total.

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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