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Alex Ovechkin has had some memorable games against the Ottawa Senators. Once again leading the NHL in goals (29), Saturday night is another chance to add to the legacy when the Capitals head into the holiday break with a game at Ottawa (7 p.m., NBC Sports Washington).

Ovechkin will reach 30 goals for the 14thconsecutive season, which would be one shy of tying Jaromir Jagr (15) for second all time in NHL history.  

- Jan. 10, 2016:
A milestone night for Ovechkin at Capital One Arena. At the same time the Redskins were hosting the Green Bay Packers in an NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Ovechkin recorded his 500thand 501stcareer goals in a 7-2 blowout of the Senators. No. 500 came on a power-play shot from the left faceoff circle. Because, of course. The pass came from Jason Chimera and made it a 5-1 lead. Ovechkin was the fifth fastest player to reach 500 goals. He did it in 801 games. 

- Jan. 7, 2010:
Ovechkin had a goal and two assists in a 5-2 win over Ottawa at Capital One Arena. But what he was wearing when he did it mattered more. Ovechkin scored for the first time with the “C” on his chest. He’d been named captain on Jan. 5 after former teammate Chris Clark was traded. It was a day the Capitals had long expected since they took Ovechkin with the No. 1 pick in the 2004 NHL draft. After four-and-a-half seasons he had it. Only defenseman Rod Langway (726) has played more games with the “C” on his jersey than Ovechkin (680). 

 

- Oct. 5, 2017:
The season opener of a campaign that would end with the Caps hoisting the Stanley Cup. No one knew that then, but Washington started with some good vibes after a gloomy summer that saw the loss of five key players to free agency or trade. Ovechkin recorded a hat trick in a 5-4 shootout victory. His first two goals erased a 3-1 deficit. Oh – and Ovechkin also scored in the shootout. It was a good start to a memorable 2017-18 season. 

- Dec. 29, 2007:
Ovechkin’s first four-goal game came against the Senators just a month after Bruce Boudreau took over as head coach and the Capitals were about to take off en route to a Stanley Cup playoff appearance for the first time since 2003. Ovechkin has scored four goals in a game four times. Washington needed them all that night in an 8-6 victory. Ovechkin capped it with an empty-net goal. It was also a rare five-point game. Ovechkin added an assist on a Nicklas Backstrom goal. 

- Feb. 1, 2009:
Ovechkin recorded another one of his now 22 career hat tricks in a Sunday afternoon game against the Senators. That brought his career mark to 199 in his fourth season and at the time was his seventh career hat trick. The Caps won 7-4.  

- Oct. 11, 2010:
Ovechkin had a rough night against the Senators – until he didn’t. A bad game was all forgotten when he scored with 31 seconds left in overtime to lift the Capitals to a 3-2 win against Ottawa. 

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