Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin was named the NHL’s first star of the week on Monday after earning two goals and eight points in four games last week.
The 36-year-old recorded mult-point efforts in three of the four games that he played in last week.
Ovechkin tied Bobby Hull for fourth place on the NHL’s all-time goal-scoring list in the Capitals’ 5-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Monday and then passed him with a goal in the team’s 4-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday.
Ovechkin helped the Capitals win all four of their games last week despite missing their entire second-line in center Nicklas Backstrom (hip injury), left-wing Anthony Mantha (shoulder), and right-wing T.J. Oshie (foot) in addition to center Nic Dowd (lower-body).
The Capitals are 9-2-4, which is tied for first in the Metropolitan Division with the Carolina Hurricanes and one point behind the Florida Panthers for first in the Eastern Conference, this season. Ovechkin has earned 12 goals (second in the NHL behind Edmonton Oilers center Leon Draisaitl – 15), 14 assists (tied for fifth with linemate Evgeny Kuznetsov), 26 points (third behind Draisaitl – 31 – and Oilers captain Connor McDavid – 27), and a +14 rating (second behind Capitals defenseman Nick Jensen – +15).
Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy (two goals, seven points in four games) and Anaheim Ducks center Troy Terry (three goals, six points in three games) were the second and third stars of the week, respectively.
Ovechkin and the Capitals begin a four-game Pacific Division road trip against Terry and the Ducks at Honda Center on Tuesday (10 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington).
By Harrison Brown