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The Noon Number: One (Or More) of Each

A look at the Caps’ Captain’s propensity to strike in two ways in the same game

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74 - Number of games in which Alex Ovechkin has had at least one even-strength and one power-play goal, second-most to Brett Hull (78) since 1979. (Ovechkin also has a game with an even-strength and a shorthanded goal, something franchise-leader Peter Bondra did 11 times, in case you were curious.)

Want more Ovechkin hat trick facts? Of course you do. How about the fact that he has as many or more hat tricks since entering the League (24) as four teams - Colorado (24), Minnesota (19), New Jersey (19), and, unsurprisingly Vegas (4)? Or that the Devils are now the ninth team against whom Oveckhin has multiple hat tricks while only ten players have as many as nine total hat tricks over the course of Ovi’s career?

And for even more on the Great Eight (and a bonus nugget involving the Great Nineteen), this, from the NHL:

* Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin (3-0—3) scored multiple times for a second straight game (also Jan. 13: 2-0—2 vs. CAR) to reach the 30-goal mark for the 15th time in as many NHL seasons (31-16—47 in 48 GP). He became the second player in League history to reach the 30-goal mark in each of his first 15 seasons, joining longtime Capitals forward Mike Gartner (1979-80 – 1993-94).

* Aside from Ovechkin and Gartner, only one other skater has reached the 30-goal mark in 15 consecutive seasons at any point in his NHL career: Jaromir Jagr (1991-92 – 2006-07). Gartner (17), Ovechkin (15) and Jagr (15) are also the only players in League history to accumulate 15 or more 30-goal seasons (consecutive or otherwise).

* Ovechkin scored the 687th, 688th and 689th regular-season goals of his NHL career to move within one of matching Mario Lemieux (690) for 10th place on the League’s all-time list. The tallies were also Ovechkin’s 752nd, 753rd and 754th career NHL goals including the Stanley Cup Playoffs, moving him past Gartner (751) and Marcel Dionne (752) for sole possession of the ninth-highest such total in League history.

* Ovechkin recorded his 140th career multi-goal game in the regular season to pass Dionne (139) for sole possession of the sixth-most in NHL history. Ovechkin scored multiple goals in two or more consecutive team games within a regular season for the 16th time, tying Jari Kurri and Teemu Selanne for the seventh-highest such total in League history.

* Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom assisted on two tallies by Alex Ovechkin and has now collected helpers on 257 career regular-season goals scored by his longtime partner in crime. Only three players in NHL history have assisted on more regular-season goals by a teammate: Wayne Gretzky with Jari Kurri (364), Bryan Trottier with Mike Bossy (310) and Henrik Sedin with Daniel Sedin (280).