You probably heard a bit about Alex Ovechkin last week. The National Hockey League did too. On Monday afternoon, they named him the league’s first star of the week that ended Sunday.
Ovi entered last Monday’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes tied with Teemu Selanne as the NHL’s 11th all-time leading goal scorer. By the time the Washington Capitals headed off to conduct their bye week and All-Star game revelry, Ovechkin was tied for 9th on the all-time goals list with Steve Yzerman at 692.
Fittingly, eight goals stand between Alex Ovechkin, the Great Eight, from becoming the eighth player to score 700 goals in the NHL. He got there by scoring eight goals last week. Ovechkin scored in three straight games for the first time in his career.
First, Ovechkin had a pair of goals that turned out to be the only lamp-lighters in the Caps 2-0 win over the division rival Canes.
There's No. 685! With a goal in the first period against the Hurricanes, Alex Ovechkin has passed Hall of Famer Teemu Selanne for sole possession of 11th all time in career goals. pic.twitter.com/wDz4aCCA14— NBC Sports Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) January 14, 2020
On Thursday, Ovechkin blew the roof off of Capital One Arena with one of the more memorable performances of his career. After a Devils player accidentally clocked Ovechkin in the mouth with the blade of his stick, the Capitals captain came out with a mouth full of blood that visible to all by Ovechkin’s manic yelling at the referees and Devils players. Ovechkin was “pissed,” according to Capitals players, and opposing teams never end up alright when that happens.
Ovi went to the locker room after taking this harsh stick to the face #CapsDevils pic.twitter.com/k3QJxNsuvF— NBC Sports Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) January 17, 2020
Ovechkin, with a one-time blast and the help of two terrific passes, pummeled the Devils in a 5-2 victory.
6⃣️8⃣️9⃣️, dang @ovi8's fine!! pic.twitter.com/aYUxIzoGo8— NBC Sports Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) January 17, 2020
Against the New York Islanders on Saturday, Ovechkin continued his wild, crazy, and, by the way, the Capitals are going to beat you mood. Things were cruising for Washington early in the game as Ovechkin scored the opening goal midway through the first period. Of course he did. You’ve got the idea of this article by now.
After that, the Capitals collapsed and started the third period down 4-1. After Carl Hagelin gave the boys some life, then Ovechkin gave the entire sport some magic. To cut the Isles lead to one, he scored a curl and drag then fall over goal that transfixed everyone watching. That tied him with Mario Lemieux for 10th all-time in goals.
"MOVE OVER, MARIO!" -- @JoeBpXp... with this curl and drag, Ovechkin passes Lemieux for sole possession of 10th place on the NHL's all-time goals scored list. pic.twitter.com/iNwgmoSCbf— NBC Sports Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) January 18, 2020
Finally, Ovechkin added an empty netter. It was the 692nd time he has hit the back of the net in the National Hockey League.