Several Capitals Players Reach Career Milestones In Impressive Win Over Penguins

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On Saturday the Washington Capitals beat the Pittsburgh Penguins, 6-3 in dramatic, come-from-behind fashion. In addition to a critical victory in the Metropolitan Division playoff race, the game saw a number of Capitals milestones achieved.

Captain Alex Ovechkin scored his 44th goal of the season, tying Gordie Howe for the second-most goals in a season in NHL history by a player aged 36 or older. Ovechkin just trails Teemu Selanne, who had 48 goals in 2006-07 when he was aged 36.

By scoring on Tristan Jarry, Ovechkin scored on his 158th different goaltender, passing Ron Francis for the fourth-most goaltenders scored on in NHL history. Ovechkin now just trails Jaromir Jagr (178), Patrick Marleau (177) and Mark Messier (164) on the all-time list.

Ovechkin’s goal was also his 15th power play goal of the season which marked the twelfth time in his 17 NHL seasons that he’s scored that many power play goals in a season. No other NHL player has exceeded that total for more than eight seasons.

Ovechkin was not the only player to achieve a career milestone. By recording two assists against the Penguins, defenseman John Carlson now has 61 points so far this season. This is Carlson’s third season with 60 or more points, which ties him with Scott Stevens for most seasons exceeding 60 points in franchise history.

In addition, goaltender Ilya Samsonov won the 50th game in his NHL career, making him the 10th goalie in franchise history to win at least 50 games. Just ahead of him in franchise wins for goalies is Michal Neuvirth in ninth place with 59 wins.

Finally, defenseman Dmitry Orlov scored his eleventh goal of the season, setting a personal career high in goals for a season. His previous career high was 10 goals which he scored during the 2017-18 season.

The Capitals are right back to work Sunday afternoon when they host the Boston a Bruins at Capital One Arena. Puck drop is set for 1:00PM.

By Diane Doyle

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About Diane Doyle

Been a Caps fan since November 1975 when attending a game with my then boyfriend and now husband.
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3 Responses to Several Capitals Players Reach Career Milestones In Impressive Win Over Penguins

  1. Anonymous says:

    Milestones and Victories (a good name for a bar) – that’s a good night.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Willy’s snipe was ridiculous- you could hear the wind get sucked out of the paint can.

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