Alex Ovechkin finally surpassed Sergei Fedorov on Thursday as the all-time leading scorer lifting a weight off of his shoulder and off of the shoulders of the entire team.
Following the loss to Dallas, the Caps exploded against Colorado for seven goals. Washington took a 4-0 lead in just the first period, emphatically snapping a nine-game streak in which they gave up the first goal. Clearly, goal No. 484 was hanging over the heads of the entire team, not just Ovechkin. Playing against a Colorado team with shaky goaltending helps, but seven goals are the most allowed by the Avalanche this season. We saw a Caps team that was breathing a little easier with their captain.
Now, another benchmark sits on the horizon.
When you surpass 484 goals, No. 500 can't be far behind, right? Ovechkin wasted little time adding to his goal total by scoring No. 485 on Saturday and he now sits 15 goals away from the prestigious 500-goal fraternity. How long will it take him to reach that mark and will it hang over his head the way No. 484 did?
Let's hope we don't see any more coach's challenges in the near future.
Ovechkin is back on the scoresheet and Carey Price is now back on the ice. As good as Montreal has been in recent weeks, how much better will they be with their star netminder back in the fold? Are the New York Rangers still the top team in the NHL after seeing their winning streak snapped? Where do the Caps rank among the NHL's best?