When a player steps beyond the line that separates great from historical, you know that player has to be on the short list of those being considered to receive the Conn Smythe Trophy as the league's postseason MVP.
On Saturday, Alex Ovechkin crossed that line.
Ovechkin scored his team's first goal on Saturday in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final, his 14th goal of the postseason. That ties a franchise record set by John Druce in 1990.
Fourteen goals is a franchise record because it's a tough number to get to. Ovechkin is now tied with Mark Scheifele for the most goals in the playoffs. You have to go all the way back to 2009 to find a player who had more when Sidney Crosby scored 15 in 24 games.
With the Caps now leading their series with the Vegas Golden Knights 2-1 and after Washington has managed 10 goals in three games against Marc-Andre Fleury, it looks like there's a new leader in the clubhouse for the Conn Smythe.