WASHINGTON — Alexander Ovechkin’s climb up the NHL occupation objectives record took every other step within the Washington Capitals’ first recreation of the 12 months.
With two objectives towards the New York Rangers on Wednesday, Ovechkin handed Marcel Dionne for 5th at the all-time record.
He scored on a third-period energy play for the Capitals’ fourth function (occupation function No. 731) to tie Dionne. The stalemate lasted all of 10 mins, as Ovechkin equipped the general tally – an extraordinary short-handed strike (the 5th of his occupation and primary because the 2008-09 season) for function No. 732 – previous Rangers goaltender Alexandar Georgiev later within the body to seal the Capitals’ Five-1 victory.
Washington’s captain performed it cool after the win, whilst joking he is in a position for extra penalty-kill tasks.
“Yeah, simply seeking to do my activity,” Ovechkin stated. Requested whether or not hiking the best-ever record provides any motivation, he responded:
“I simply experience my time (enjoying).”
Subsequent up for Ovechkin to surpass are Brett Hull (741) and Jaromir Jagr (766). Wayne Gretzky tops the record with 894 objectives and has stated two times within the remaining week he hopes Ovechkin, in his 17th season, can play lengthy sufficient to damage his report. Gordie Howe (801 objectives) is 2nd, and Ovechkin will (probably) have to attend every other season or two to catch the Detroit Pink Wings legend.
Ovechkin wasn’t the lone member of the crew with a milestone night.
Rookie ahead Hendrix Lapierre, the crew’s first-round select in 2020, scored his first NHL function in his first NHL recreation. Trainer Peter Laviolette additionally handed John Tortorella in wins with win No. 674, making him the winningest American-born trainer in historical past.
“It isn’t one man successful,” stated Laviolette, who started his 20th season at the back of a NHL bench on Wednesday. “It is a crew that wins. So I take into consideration that.”
Best in his 2nd 12 months with the Capitals, Laviolette has nonetheless skilled quite a few Ovechkin-centered celebrations already.
“It turns out like each night time we’re acknowledging him for one thing or he’s passing someone by means of or he’s doing one thing particular,” the trainer stated. “This night’s an actual giant accomplishment.”
Much more spectacular, Laviolette stated, is that Ovechkin – a game-time determination because of a lower-body damage that left him day by day – now not handiest performed, however contributed at scale together with his two objectives and two assists.
“There (had been) plenty of query marks,” Laviolette stated.
As standard, Ovechkin equipped the fitting solutions.
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