Another week, another goal that vaults Alex Ovechkin further up the NHL all-time leaderboards.
Eight days after becoming the eighth member of the 700-goal club in league history, Ovechkin scored two goals against the Minnesota Wild to give him 144 career multi-goal games, moving him into fifth place in that category.
With two one-timers in the first period against the Wild on Sunday night, Ovechkin jumped into the fifth spot for multi-goal games ahead of Phil Esposito — another member of the exclusive 700-goal club.
The first goal came on a 5-on-3 that Ovechkin capitalized on with a one-timed missile from his "office" on the left wing.
good luck stopping that one pic.twitter.com/mo94MlvJNV— NBC Sports Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) March 2, 2020
The second was a perfectly executed odd-man rush that saw the puck move from Ilya Kovalchuk, to Evgeny Kuznetsov and finally to Ovechkin for the one-timed blast into a wide-open net.
Kovy + Kuzy + Ovi = THAT RUSSIAN CONNECTION pic.twitter.com/FjkhKIZOz9— NBC Sports Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) March 2, 2020
Sunday's multi-goal effort was the 12th time Ovechkin has found the back of the net at least twice in his 15th season in the league.
Wayne Gretzky tops the list with 198 games with two or more goals. Brett Hull (158), Mario Lemieux and Gordie Howe (147) are the other goal scorers that Ovechkin trails in that category.
Of Ovechkin's 144 multi-goal games, the 34-year-old has 27 career hat tricks, good for eighth all-time on that list.
Ovechkin's season has included a number of milestones, leaderboard ascensions and momentous goals. He could soon be in line for yet another rise on a leaderboard when he secures his next hat trick, which would put him in a three-way tie with Hull and Marcel Dionne for sixth all-time.
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