Alex Ovechkin Dazzles On The Big Stage Against Oilers

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On a night when the Edmonton Oilers and their superstar players, Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, were in town for their lone visit of the season, Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin turned in his best performance of the season and provided more than enough highlights to fill a complete highlight reel.

Ovechkin recorded his 788th career goal on Monday night. It was a power play tally at 14:36 in the second period. The goal came on a howitzer delivered from his office and put the Capitals ahead, 4-2.

The goal was Ovechkin’s eighth of the season. He is now just 14 goals away from passing Gordie Howe for second place on the all-time goals list.

Possibly Ovechkin’s brightest showing of the night might have come on a non-scoring play. He would enter the zone, dangle past an Oiler, enter the slot and spin-off two more Oilers, creating a quality scoring chance.

However, Ovechkin had icing for the cake late in the game, assisting on Evgeny Kuznetsov’s second goal of the game at 18:09, giving the Capitals a 5-3 lead. Ovechkin found his fellow countryman with a between-the-legs pass for the open score. The goal proved to be the game-winner.

Ovechkin recorded the 399th multi-point game of his career to pass Adam Oates (398) and tie Mark Recchi (399) for 15th place on the all-time list. Among active players, he is only behind Sidney Crosby, who has 425 multi-point games. Ovechkin’s 399 multi-point games also ranks tied for third for multi-point games by a winger.

The big stage continues this week when Ovechkin and the Capitals host Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins at Capital One Arena. Puck drop is set for 7:30PM on TNT.

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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5 Responses to Alex Ovechkin Dazzles On The Big Stage Against Oilers

  1. novafyre says:

    NHL’s website says the Puts game is at 7:30 on TNT.

    “Ovechkin recorded the 399th multi-point game of his career to pass Adam Oates (399) ” I think one of those 399s has to be wrong if Ovi passed Adam.

  2. Anonymous says:

    The old man was on fire last night. Hopefully he brings it again on Wednesday.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Great game by Ovi!! However, Diane, I think by “definition” no matter how great a wrist shot is (and it was great), it cannot be called a howitzer. 🙂

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