As you may have heard by now, Alex Ovechkin became the 20th player in NHL to net 600 goals by scoring a pair on Monday night in D.C.
And, oh yeah, the Caps also beat one of the league’s hottest teams, downing the Jets, 3-2 in overtime, at Capital One Arena.
Tarik’s three stars of the game:
1-Alex Ovechkin, Capitals
With Patrik Laine in the building, was there any doubt Ovechkin would do everything possible to show the teenager that he’s not going to concede the Rocket Richard Trophy easily? Well, there shouldn’t have been. Ovechkin was determined to outdo Laine AND net No. 600 on this night. And, of course, No. 8 did both.
2-Philipp Grubauer, Capitals
For the third straight start, Grubauer (26 saves) gave the Caps a chance with an array of critical stops at key times. The German’s timeliest save came with about six minutes left to play when he robbed Bryan Little with a flashy glove save to preserve the 2-2 deadlock.
3-Patrik Laine, Jets
Early in the third period, the Caps lost a board battle and Paul Stastny threaded a crossing pass through Dmitry Orlov’s skates and right onto Laine’s stick. The 19-year-old did not miss. Laine sniped a low, hard shot through Grubauer’s pads to even the score, 2-2, with 14:58 left to play.
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