Alex Ovechkin Scores Twice, Passes Marcel Dionne; Hendrix Lapierre Scores First Career NHL Goal As Capitals Trounce Rangers 5-1

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The Washington Capitals downed the New York Rangers, 5-1, Wednesday night at Capital One Arena. The Capitals improve to 24-21-1-1 all-time in season openers and 6-0-2 over the last eight seasons.

GAME STATS

STARTERS

The Capitals starting lines for the season opener.

Vitek Vanecek got the start in goal.


FIRST PERIOD

The Capitals opened the scoring with a power play goal from T.J. Oshie (1) at 4:39 of the first frame. Alex Ovechkin (1) and Evgeny Kuznetsov (1) had the helpers.

The first period would conclude with the Capitals leading 1-0. The Capitals led in shot attempts 12-10, scoring chances 7-4. The Rangers led in expected goals for 50.08% to 49.02%.

SECOND PERIOD

The Capitals stretched their lead to 2-0 with a power play goal from Justin Schultz at 12:38 of the middle frame. Evgeny Kuznetsov (2) and Alex Ovechkin (2) had the assists.

The Capitals made it 3-0 less than a minute later with a goal from Hendrix Lapierre at 13:02 of the second period. It was Lapierre’s first career NHL goal. T.J. OShie (1) and Conor Sheary (1) had the assists.

The second period would conclude with the Capitals leading 3-0. The Capitals led in shot attempts 14-7 and 26-17 after two periods. The Capitals led in scoring chances 10-2 in the middle frame and 17-6 after two periods. The Capitals led in expected goals percentage 83.8% to 16.2% in the second period and 58.11% to 41.89% after two periods.

THIRD PERIOD

The Capitals stretched their lead to 4-0 with a power play goal from Alex Ovechkin (1) at 2:37 of the third period. The goal was Ovechkin’s 731st career goal, tying him with Marcel Dionne on the all-time goals list. Anthony Mantha (1) and John Carlson (1) had the helpers.

The Rangers would get on the scoreboard with a power play goal from Kris Kreider, to make it 4-1.

The Capitals would restore the four-goal lead with a short-handed goal from Alex Ovechkin, his second of the contest, to make it 5-1. The goal moved Ovechkin past Marcel Dione for 5th place on the all-time goals list.

That would be the final.

SHAVINGS

  • Alex Ovechkin scored his second goal of the game and the 732nd goal of his career, passing Marcel Dionne for the fifth-most goals in NHL history.
  • Additionally, with 270 career power play goals, Ovechkin is five power play goals shy of passing Dave Andreychuk (274ppg) for the most power play goals in NHL history.
  • Hendrix Lapierre scored to give the Caps a 3-0 lead, his first career NHL goal.
  • With two assists tonight, Evgeny Kuznetsov has recorded his 100th career multi-point game. Kuznetsov would score more assist for three points on the night.
  • Justin Schultz scored to give the Caps a 2-0 lead, marking the Capitals’ second power play goal of the game. That’s Schultz’s first power play goal as a Capital.
  • Tonight marked Alex Ovechkin’s 150th career multi-goal game, which ranks fourth in NHL history (Wayne Gretzky: 189; Brett Hull: 158; Mario Lemieux: 154).
  • Peter Laviolette earned his 674th win as a head coach, passing John Tortorella for the most wins by an American-born head coach in NHL history.

By Jon Sorensen

SCENES FROM THE DISTRICT

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Civil Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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8 Responses to Alex Ovechkin Scores Twice, Passes Marcel Dionne; Hendrix Lapierre Scores First Career NHL Goal As Capitals Trounce Rangers 5-1

  1. Anonymous says:

    Rangers looked like they were still in preseason mode.

  2. Anonymous says:

    That’s an ass whooping.

  3. Jon Sorensen says:

  4. DC Scappeli says:

    ha, yeah, that should help with James Dolan’s inferiority complex ! 😁 Did anyone miss Dillon and Chara on the back end? Let’s go Caps!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Reeves was a no show, but why else would Vegas trade him

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