Alex Ovechkin has entered the top 10 on the NHL all-time goal scoring table.
The Russian star scored his second consecutive hat trick on Saturday, during the Washington Capitals game against the New York Islanders; in the process, he passed one legend (Mario Lemieux) and drew another (Steve Yzerman) for ninth place on the list, with 692 goals.
Ovechkin's 690th and 691th career goals came against the Islanders goalkeeper Semyon Varlamov. His first game count came about halfway through the first period at the Nassau Coliseum, thanks to a brilliant two-line pass from the center Nicklas Backstrom, which sent Ovechkin to defend the islanders. & # 39; The Great Oight & # 39; fired a pulse shot from the slot at his subsequent break to tie Lemieux.
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Even Lemieux – now the main owner of the Penguins – should be proud of Ovechkin's move to get past him. Ovechkin pulled the puck between New York defender Scott Mayfield's legs quickly, slid it back with the bat revolver, and struck it through the crease.
The kick should have made it through the islanders' net, but it ricocheted off Ryan Pulock's skateboard and passed Varlamov's gloves, establishing Ovechkin as one of the top 10 scorers in league history.
Ovechkin completed the hat trick with an ice neutral net goal, with just 56 seconds left to regularize Yzerman (692 goals).
Now with eight goals in his last three games, Ovechkin looks set to continue climbing the all-time leaderboard for the rest of the 2019-20 season. Your next goal – which may occur as soon as the Capitals game on January 29 against the Nashville Predators – will give you exclusive ownership of ninth place. The 34-year-old shooter will not be eligible for Washington's next game – January 27 against Montreal Canadiens – due to impending suspension for skipping the next NHL All-Star game.
Given that he is now on track to score 56 goals this season, Ovechkin is likely to overtake Mark Messier (694) and Mike Gartner (708) to take seventh place by the end of the season.
Another 186 short stories are among Gartner and Wayne Gretzky's all-time record (894), but if anyone can get close, it's Ovechkin.