Alex Ovechkin has been scoring at an unreal pace lately with 11 goals in his last five contests. At the same time, he's been surpassing some of the greatest goal scorers of all-time. On Wednesday, Ovechkin passed Steve Yzerman to take sole possession of ninth place on the all-time goals list. Then Friday night, Ovechkin scored a pair of goals to tie and then beat Mark Messier and claim the eighth spot in the goals list.
Ovechkin is up to 695 career markers, which puts him 199 away from Wayne Gretzky's record. That's a potentially achievable amount to score, but at the age of 34-years-old, it's far from a certainty that he'll reach it. To be fair though, he's managed to avoid declining this long. He's currently tied with David Pastrnak for the league lead in goals with 37 this season.
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NY RANGERS 4 DETROIT 2
Robby Fabbri scored a goal and registered an assist. That gives the Red Wings forward 12 goals and 26 points in 44 games in 2019-20.
Mika Zibanejad led the Rangers with a goal and two assists. He's up to 19 goals and 43 points in 36 games.
Chris Kreider found the back of the net and registered an assist for New York. He has 18 goals and 34 points in 49 contests.
Igor Shesterkin stopped 23 of 25 Red Wings shots. He's won three of his first four NHL starts.
Jimmy Howard kicked out 29 of 33 shots last night. He's surrendered at least three goals in four straight starts.
PITTSBURGH 4 PHILADELPHIA 3 (OT)
Sidney Crosby scored the overtime winner and registered two assists. He's up to nine goals and 28 points in 23 contests.
Evgeni Malkin also had a goal and two assists for Pittsburgh. He has 16 goals and 53 points in 38 games.
Tyler Pitlick contributed a goal and an assist for the Flyers. He's up to five goals and 13 points in 45 contests.
Brian Elliott stopped 16 of 20 Penguins shots. Most of the damage came in the second period when he allowed three goals on 12 shots.
At the other end of the ice, Tristan Jarry saved 27 of 30 shots. He's allowed at least three goals on seven of his last eight starts, but he has a respectable 4-3-1 record over that span.
WASHINGTON 4 OTTAWA 3
Alex Ovechkin scored a pair of goals for the Capitals. He has 37 goals and 54 points in 51 contests this season.
Jakub Vrana assisted on two of Washington's four goals. That gives him 23 goals and 44 points in 52 games.
Ilya Samsonov stopped 25 of 28 Senators shots. He's won his last seven games.
Thomas Chabot scored a goal and registered an assist for Ottawa. He's up to five goals and 30 points in 51 contests.
Marcus Hogberg saved 32 of 36 shots last night. He surrendered at least a goal in each period.
VEGAS 4 CAROLINA 3
Alex Tuch accounted for the game-winning goal. It was his seventh goal and 14th point in 36 games.
Paul Stastny scored a goal and registered an assist for the Golden Knights. He has 15 markers and 27th point in 53 contests.
Malcolm Subban turned aside 22 of 25 shots on Friday. He's surrendered at least three goals in each of his last three games, but at least he ended his two-game losing streak.
Teuvo Teravainen scored a goal and registered an assist. He's up to 11 goals and 51 points in 51 contests.
Petr Mrazek stopped 33 of 37 Golden Knights shots. He allowed two goals in each of the first and third periods.
BOSTON 2 WINNIPEG 1
Jake DeBrusk scored the game-winning goal. It was his 16th goal and 30th point in 47 contests.
Boston's other goal was netted by Patrice Bergeron. He has 22 goals and 42 points in 43 games.
Patrik Laine netted the Jets' lone goal. He's up to 18 goals and 46 points in 50 contests.
Laurent Brossoit stopped 23 of 25 Bruins shots. Both of the goals he surrendered were scored on the power play.
At the other end of the ice, Tuukka Rask saved 37 of 38 shots. This was his first start since recovering from a concussion.
EDMONTON 4 ST. LOUIS 2
Leon Draisaitl scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner. That gives him 29 markers and 79 points in 51 contests.
Josh Archibald netted a shorthanded goal for Edmonton. It was his seventh goal and 12th point in 42 games.
Mikko Koskinen stopped 30 of 32 Blues shots. That ended his run of five straight starts where he allowed at least three goals.
One of the two St. Louis goals was scored by David Perron. He's up to 23 goals and 53 points in 52 contests.
Jake Allen save 31 of 34 shots last night. He has an 8-5-3 record, 2.26 GAA, and .925 save percentage in 19 games.
TAMPA BAY 4 ANAHEIM 3
Nikita Kucherov scored the game-winning goal and registered an assist. He has 23 goals and 60 points in 50 contests.
Anthony Cirelli also had a goal and an assist for Tampa Bay. He has 13 goals and 36 points in 50 games.
Andrei Vasilevskiy turned aside 23 of 26 shots on Friday. He allowed two goals on 11 shots in the first period.
John Gibson saved 18 of 22 Lightning shots. He's lost five of his last seven starts.
Rickard Rakell scored a goal and registered an assist for the Ducks. He has 13 goals and 30 points in 45 contests.