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Sport Ovechkin closes in on 700 as Capitals host Penguins

17:35  02 february  2020
17:35  02 february  2020 Source:   ap.org

Ovechkin's 2nd straight hat trick lifts Caps past Isles 6-4

  Ovechkin's 2nd straight hat trick lifts Caps past Isles 6-4 UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) Alex Ovechkin scored three goals to tie Steve Yzerman for ninth on the career goals list Saturday, and the Washington Capitals rallied with five goals in the third period for a 6-4 victory over the New York Islanders. Jakub Vrana scored the go-ahead goal with 2:30 left to help the Capitals extend their wining streak to four games. The Islanders lost for the fourth time in their last five games.Ovechkin also passed Mario Lemieux for 10th place on the career list. His 692nd goal came late in the third period on an empty net to seal the victory.

Alex Ovechkin continues to be the story for the Capitals . He scored twice more in Friday's 5-3 victory in Ottawa. Ovechkin now has posted 11 goals in the Ovechkin is trying to become the eighth NHL player to reach 700 goals, and now he's just five goals away. "When it is close to 700 goals, of course

Search by Team All NHL Tickets All Capitals Tickets 2/2 vs Penguins 101 tickets left 2/4 vs Kings 718 tickets left 2/8 vs Flyers 373 tickets left 2/10 vs Islanders 921 tickets left The Pittsburgh Penguins come to Washington for their first meeting of the season with the Capitals on Sunday afternoon.

a hockey game in the snow: Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin (8) evades a defender during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)© APWF Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin (8) evades a defender during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

The Pittsburgh Penguins come to Washington for their first meeting of the season with the Capitals on Sunday afternoon.

Alex Ovechkin continues to be the story for the Capitals. He scored twice more in Friday's 5-3 victory in Ottawa. Ovechkin now has posted 11 goals in the past five games -- which included back-to-back hat tricks against the New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders.

The 34-year-old scored goals No. 694 and 695 of his long career Friday and jumped past Mark Messier (694) into eighth place on the NHL's all-time list for goals scored. The 11 goals in five games have vaulted Ovechkin past four Hockey Hall of Famers in just 19 days -- Teemu Selanne, Mario Lemieux, Steve Yzerman and Messier.

The video of Alex Ovechkin almost killing his own goalie with a wrist shot is terrifying

  The video of Alex Ovechkin almost killing his own goalie with a wrist shot is terrifying Backup net minder Ilya Samsonov saw his life flash before his eyes during the Capitals' morning skate on Tuesday.RELATED: Alex Ovechkin, the best player on the Capitals, is also the worst golfer on the Capitals

OTTAWA — Is it possible that Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin , at 34 years old, in his 15th NHL season and already considered one of the greatest goal-scorers of all The Capitals have a day to rest before Sunday’s marquee matchup at home against the Pittsburgh Penguins , the first meeting

Capitals Coach Todd Reirden played down his decision to go with Samsonov instead of Braden Holtby against the Penguins , who trail the Capitals by six points in the Metropolitan Division standings. Reirden mentioned how he liked Samsonov’s play against Ottawa, that the coaches wanted to give

Ovechkin is trying to become the eighth NHL player to reach 700 goals, and now he's just five goals away.

"When it is close to 700 goals, of course you are going to try to finish it up as quick as you can," Ovechkin said before the game to NHL.com. "But, yeah, I just don't try to think about much and try to do my best out there."

Ovechkin is three goals from joining all-time goals leader Wayne Gretzky as the only players in NHL history with at least 11 40-goal seasons. Gretzky scored at least 40 goals 12 times during his 20 NHL seasons, but he did it with a few different teams.

Ovechkin would be the first player to have 11 seasons with at least 40 goals with one team. He is tied for the NHL lead with 37 goals with David Pastrnak of the Boston Bruins. Ovechkin was named the NHL's First Star of the Month for January.

Ovechkin is on pace to be the most dominant 34-year-old of all-time

  Ovechkin is on pace to be the most dominant 34-year-old of all-time How amazing has Alex Ovechkin's season been? It is about to be the greatest season ever for a 34-year old.Alex Ovechkin continues to amaze with his goal-scoring prowess and now sits just two goals shy of being the eighth player in NHL history to score 700 goals. It is easy to take for granted what Ovechkin is doing, but you shouldn't especially when you consider he is 34 years old.

Ovechkin closes in on 700 as Capitals host Penguins . The Pittsburgh Penguins come to Washington for their first meeting of the season with the Capitals on Sunday afternoon.

Alex Ovechkin will remain in the spotlight when the Capitals host the Penguins for the first time this season on Sunday. Ovechkin will go head-to-head with Sidney Crosby for the 50th time as he continued to hunt down career goal number 700 .

John Carlson finished with two assists in the win and now has 62 points this season, tops among NHL defensemen. The second assist moved him past Calle Johansson for most assists in franchise history from a defenseman (362).

Rookie goalie Ilya Samsonov won his 11th straight decision and made 25 saves. He's just the third rookie goalie in NHL history to win 11 consecutive decisions. Samsonov is 16-2-1 with a 2.12 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage.

Pittsburgh also comes into Washington on a roll, having played much better of late with some key injured players back.

The Penguins defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 on Friday night when Sidney Crosby scored just 55 seconds into overtime at home.

Crosby and long-time running mate Evgeni Malkin both finished with one goal and two assists as Pittsburgh improved to 7-2-0 in their last nine games. Also, the Penguins have gone 15-4-1 in their last 20 contests and have pulled closer in the Metropolitan Division, six points behind the first-place Caps.

Ovechkin goes for 700 goals as Caps host Flyers

  Ovechkin goes for 700 goals as Caps host Flyers Alex Ovechkin will try to make some history when his Washington Capitals take on the visiting Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night. Ovechin recorded a natural hat trick in Tuesday's 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings. He scored three straight goals during the third period in just 4 minutes, 24 seconds. That turned a 2-1 Los Angeles lead into a 4-2 Washington edge.And now, Ovechkin has 698 career goals, leaving him two shy of becoming the eighth player ever to score 700 career goals. He has scored 14 in his past seven games, as the Capitals' captain has been hot.

Sabres: Host Colorado on Tuesday night. Ovechkin closes in on 700 as Capitals host Penguins . The Pittsburgh Penguins come to Washington for their first meeting of the season with the Capitals on Sunday afternoon.

Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby are red hot and the rivalry between the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins is about to heat up. Washington forward, Penguins center take places in familiar spotlight for first time this season. by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer.

This is the time of the season where the games mean more, the points are tougher to get, and the Penguins don't want to waste any chances.

"We've got a lot of division games, tough opponents," Crosby said to NHL.com. "Every point is crucial. I think you always look at this time of year when your team has to elevate your game, everyone else is doing the same. So we're going to try to do that."

The news was both good and bad for Pittsburgh regarding injuries coming out of the win over the Flyers.

Justin Schultz came back after missing the previous 16 games due to a lower-body injury, according to NHL.com, which also said he almost scored on his first shift.

However, Pittsburgh wasn't as lucky when it came to defenseman Chad Ruhwedel. He was injured late in the second period, and NHL.com said he did not play for the final 20 minutes, 55 seconds of the game, which left the Penguins with just five defensemen.

There was no update on Ruhwedel as of Saturday morning.

--Field Level Media

Caps rally for 3-2 win over Avs, Ovechkin still at 698 goals .
DENVER (AP) — T.J. Oshie deflected in the winning goal with 2:04 remaining and the Washington Capitals rallied for a 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night as Alex Ovechkin remained stuck on 698 career goals. Defenseman Nick Jensen sent a shot into traffic that Oshie got a piece of with his stick, sending it past Philipp Grubauer to help the Capitals break a two-game skid. Trailing 2-0 after the first, the Capitals climbed back into the game via the power play. Nicklas Backstrom scored on the man advantage in the second and Tom Wilson tied it by redirecting a shot on the power play with 7:12 remaining.

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