Alex Ovechkin has already put together an incredible career. After a crazy finish to Tuesday's game in which he scored twice late, Ovechkin continues to put himself among the NHL's all-time elite players.
With his two goals on Tuesday, Ovechkin again leads the league in goals for the moment with 26. That puts him on pace for 52 goals for the season, a pace that few expected for the 32-year-old.
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Ovechkin now has 584 career goals, all of which came while playing for Washington. That kind of longevity is rare. Ovechkin now ranks 6th in goals scored with one franchise, one goal ahead of the Great One himself, Wayne Gretzky. Gretzky scored 583 goals with the Edmonton Oilers.
But that's not all.
Ovechkin's overtime goal was his 100th career game-winner. He is the ninth player in league history to reach that mark in a career, but if you further boil the numbers down, Ovechkin is just one of two players to score that many game-winners with one franchise.
In one night, Ovechkin was able to leapfrog Gretzky in total goals for one franchise and join an exclusive club with Gordie Howe. Not a bad night's worth or work.
What: Washington Capitals vs. Montreal Canadiens
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
When: 7:30 p.m. ET
How to Watch: Capitals-Canadiens will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)
Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Canadiens game on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page.
You can also stream the game online with no cable TV subscription on fuboTV (try for free!).
WHEN IS THE CAPITALS-CANADIENS GAME?
The Capitals (28-14-4) take on the Canadiens (18-21-6) Friday, January 19 at 7:30 p.m. ET in Washington.
WHAT CHANNEL IS THE CAPITALS-CANADIENS GAME ON?
The Capitals-Canadiens game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. Coverage kicks off with Capitals FaceOff at 6:30 p.m. followed by Caps GameTime at 7:00 p.m. Stay with NBC Sports Washington for Caps Extra following the game, Caps Overtime at 10:30 p.m. and Caps in 30 at 11:30 p.m. for all your postgame coverage. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)
6:30 p.m. — Caps FaceOff
7:00 p.m. — Caps GameTime
7:30 p.m. — Capitals vs. Canadiens
10:00 p.m. — Caps Extra
10:30 p.m. — Caps Overtime
11:30 p.m. — Caps in 30
WHERE CAN I STREAM THE CAPITALS-CANADIENS GAME?
The Capitals-Canadiens game, as well as Caps GameTime and Caps Extra, is available to stream live here through NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and is available to authenticated NBC Sports Washington subscribers on desktops, tablets, mobile devices and connected TVs anywhere in the United States.
The game is also available to stream, along with all the pregame and postgame shows, on fuboTV (try for free).
CAPITALS-CANADIENS OPEN THREAD
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The Capitals returned from the bye week and battled back from a 3-1 deficit to earn a well-deserved point in a 4-3 overtime loss to the New Jersey Devils. Here are the reasons why Washington finished the game on the losing end.
Getting behind the defense
Three of New Jersey's four goals came on breakaways. Marcus Johansson launched Drew Stafford on a break after a bad pass from Devante Smith-Pelly was misplayed by Dmitry Orlov at the blue line. Sami Vatanen took the puck off a Devils' faceoff win and saw Miles Wood had a step on the defense. Vatanen flipped the puck over everyone's heads into open space creating a footrace that he knew Wood would win for the breakaway. The game very fittingly ended on another breakaway in overtime. The Caps lost not one, but two board battles as Vatanen tipped the puck past Dmitry Orlov on the boards up to Hall who then tipped the puck past Evgeny Kuznetsov to set himself up for the break. More on that later.
Holding their fire
Not getting enough shots has been a problem for the Caps. They rank dead last in the NHL in shots on goal per game. It's something we have talked about before. So how did they look out of the break? Just as bad. This game lasted 60:34 with 60 regulation minutes and 34 seconds in overtime. In that time, Washington managed just 19 shots on goal. New Jersey had 32. That's just not good enough. If you go one step farther and look at total shot attempts, the Caps were still outshot badly 56-44.
The power play was an absolute mess in this game. Tom Wilson drew three penalties and Washington had five total power plays and they were unable to score on any of them. They looked completely out of sync, especially on zone entries. Yes, the Capitals are returning from a bye week. They were scheduled to practice on Wednesday in New Jersey, but travel delays forced them to cancel. A certain amount of rust is to be expected. But they are too good to be a middle of the pack power play team and they are way, way too good to play as badly as they played Thursday.
Two failed board battles
We have already touched on the overtime winner that was set up by two tips off the boards. You can watch the play here.
Vatanen originally tipped the puck past Orlov who took a weird angle in his approach. It looked like he could have beaten Vatanen to the puck, but seemed to pull back. Perhaps he thought the puck was moving faster and would get to him before Vatanen could get there. Once the puck was past him, it was a race between Kuznetsov and Hall. Hall was going full speed, but similarly to Orlov, Kuznetsov seemed to pull back a bit allowing Hall to beat him to it. Either Orlov or Kuznetsov should have been able to slow the play at the very least by challenging the puck. For whatever reason, they misjudged the play and it resulted in the loss.
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