Alex Ovechkin scored a pair of milestone goals against the Boston Bruins, John Tavares had a memorable night in New Jersey and Brent Burns just gets better with age.
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Ovechkin moves past the Rocket and Golden Jet in the record books
Going into Thursday’s game against the Bruins, Alex Ovechkin only had a goal over his past 10 games, which is very unlike him, so he made sure to break out of his slump in a big way.
The NHL’s leading goal scorer had a pair in the Capitals’ 4-2 win over the Bruins, reaching two milestones in the process. Ovechkin passed Maurice Richard for 18th all-time in even-strength goals and Bobby Hull for 50th on the NHL’s all-time points list. Joe Thornton is the only other active player to be on the top-50 points list.
#ALLCAPS Alex Ovechkin scores his 397th career even-strength goal, tying Maurice Richard for 18th in NHL history.
— Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) January 11, 2019
Alex Ovechkin scored twice to boost his career totals to 639-532—1,171 and surpass Bobby Hull (610-560—1,170) for sole possession of 50th place on the NHL’s all-time points list. #NHLStats #WSHvsBOS pic.twitter.com/JsvrGsXVGT
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) January 11, 2019
Ovechkin also scored the game-winner which moved him past Mike Bossy and Jaromir Jagr for ninth-most in NHL history. The 33-year-old has 32 goals, 17 assists and 49 points in 43 games this season as the Capitals extended their lead in the Metropolitan Division to four points over rival Pittsburgh.
Washington also picked up their 14th consecutive win against the Bruins and improved to 21-0 against Boston when Nicklas Backstrom records a point.
The Bruins get another chance to end that slump when the two teams meet on Feb. 3 in Washington.
Nicklas Backstrom regains the lead with his 11th goal of the season. The Capitals are 21-0-0 in games where Backstrom records a point against the Bruins.
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) January 11, 2019
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