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Alex Ovechkin moves into fifth place in NHL history for multi-goal games with 144

Alex Ovechkin moves into fifth place in NHL history for multi-goal games with 144

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.

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. 

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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Sergei Ovechkin meets baby brother Ilya

Sergei Ovechkin meets baby brother Ilya

Where would we be through this pause in the NHL season without baby news? Alex Ovechkin is now a father of two with the birth of his son Ilya on Wednesday. After a few years of Sergei stealing the hearts of Capitals fans, no doubt Ilya will be as cute and fans can't wait to meet him...but we'll have to get in line.

Before we can meet Ilya, he first had to meet big brother Sergei. Luckily, the moment was captured on camera and shared on Instagram.

It's as adorable as you would expect.

Let's get these kids on the ice!

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Report: NHL training camps won't start before July 10

Report: NHL training camps won't start before July 10

Tuesday's announcement of the NHL's return to play plan was a step in the right direction towards resuming the 2019-20 season, but we are still a long way off from that point. According to a report from TSN's Pierre LeBrun, NHL training camps will not start before July 10.

That does not mean July 10 is now the set return date, it simply means training camps will not begin before then.

The NHL has organized its return to play plan into four phases. Opening training camps is considered Phase 3 of that plan. The league is still in Phase 1, which is self-isolation.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Tuesday he was hopeful Phase 2, players returning to team facilities for voluntary activities, could begin in late June. Even if that were the case, an early July return for training camps would have been ambitious. Given that, the report that camps would not be able to return until at least mid-July should come as no surprise.

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As for how this will affect the 2020-21 season, the NHL has been adamant that it intends to hold a full 82-game season, even if it means pushing the start back into December and cutting out both the All-Star game and bye weeks. For now, there is no reason to think that plan will change based on LeBrun's report.

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