Oh Captain, Red-Hot Captain: Alex Ovechkin Extends Points Streak to Eight Games, Ties For League Lead in Scoring

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Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has started the 2021-22 NHL regular season as a man on mission, entering Friday night’s game against the Arizona Coyotes with points in seven games to start the season. During the Capitals’ 2-0 victory at Capital One Arena, the 36-year old extended the streak to eight on the way to a Caps win.

Ovechkin’s first point came on an assist on defenseman John Carlson’s goal at the 17:02 mark of the third period. The assist pushed Ovechkin’s points streak to eight games, tying a franchise-record held by Ovechkin (who accomplished the feat in his rookie season of 2006-06) and former Capitals forward Alexander Semin (who did so in 2006-07). Additionally, it moved The Great Eight to within four assists of 600 for his career.

Ovechkin added to his night by scoring an empty-net goal, giving him his ninth of the season and 739th of his career, moving him to within three of passing Brett Hull for fourth all-time in NHL history.

Ovechkin’s two points gives him 15 (nine goals, six assists) in eight games, tying him with the Edmonton Oilers’ Connor McDavid (seven goals, eight assists) for the league lead in scoring. In addition, Ovechkin added to his league lead in goals. His 15 points in eight games also equals the fewest amount of contests to the mark since the 2009-10 season.

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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