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Alex Ovechkin Named NHL's First Star of the Week

Caps' captain joins Kings' goalie Martin Jones and Predators' goalie Carter Hutton as the League's three stars

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Per the NHL, Alex Ovechkin has been named the League's first star of the week after a five-goal, six-point stretch that included two late game-tying goals.

From the release:

Ovechkin led the NHL with five goals and tied for third with six points as the Capitals (18 12 3, 39 points) earned five out of a possible six points to maintain second place in the Metropolitan Division. He began the week by recording his third career four-goal game (and 13th career hat trick), including the tying marker with 32.4 seconds remaining in regulation, in a 6-5 shootout victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning Dec. 10. After being held off the scoresheet in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Florida Panthers Dec. 13, Ovechkin posted 1-1—2, including the tying goal with 47.9 seconds left in the third period, in a 5-4 shootout win over the Philadelphia Flyers Dec. 15, the Capitals' second three-goal comeback of the week. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Ovechkin has seven game-tying goals in the final minute of regulation during his NHL career; no other player has scored more than four such goals since he entered the League in October 2005. The 28-year-old Moscow native leads the NHL with 27 goals in 31 games this season and is tied for fifth with 37 points.

Congrats, Ovi!