Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has been named the NHL’s First Star for the week ending December 18, the NHL announced today.
Ovechkin recorded five points (3g, 2a) in three games, including his 800th career goal and 29th career hat trick on December 13 at Chicago. It marks the 21st time in Ovechkin’s career that he has earned First Star/Player of the Week honors.
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Ovechkin recorded five points (3g, 2a) in three games, including his 800th career goal and 29th career hat trick on Dec. 13 at Chicago. Ovechkin became the third player in NHL history to reach the 800-goal mark, joining Hall of Famers Gordie Howe (801) and Wayne Gretzky (894). Ovechkin reached the 800-goal mark in his 1,305th career game, the second-fewest games required to reach the milestone in NHL history (Gretzky: 1,116 GP). Ovechkin finished with four points (3g, 1a) against the Blackhawks, marking his 32nd career game with four or more points. Ovechkin, who has recorded 10 points (7g, 3a) in his last six games, also tallied an assist versus Dallas on Dec. 15.
It marks the 21st time in Ovechkin’s career that he has earned First Star/Player of the Week honors. Ovechkin earned the honor three times during the 2021-22 season, including twice in a three-week span (for the week ending Nov. 14, for the week ending Nov. 28). Capitals goaltender Charlie Lindgren was named the NHL’s First Star last week, becoming the 10th different Capitals goaltender to earn the honor and the first since Braden Holtby in 2011 (for the week ending March 14). It’s the first time in franchise history that the Capitals have had players named First Star/Player of the Week in consecutive weeks.
This season, Ovechkin has recorded a team-leading 35 points (20g, 15a) in 33 games. Ovechkin has reached the 20-goal mark in each of his 18 NHL seasons and his 18 20-goal seasons are the sixth-most in NHL history.
Ovechkin enters tonight’s game two goals shy of passing Howe (801) for second on the NHL’s all-time goals list and shots shy of passing Ray Bourque (6,209) for the most shots in NHL history.
By Della Young