It's the eighth month of the year, so what better way to celebrate August than by highlighting the Great Eight himself, Alex Ovechkin?
For the month of August, our Capitals team is releasing a daily 'Alex Ovechkin-themed highlight' tying into the number of the day for the month of August.
August 1: First Overall Pick in 2004 NHL Debut
Alex Ovechkin was drafted first overall in 2004, and he set the Caps franchise on a new course.
August 2: Two goals in NHL debut vs. Columbus
What's better than scoring one goal in your NHL debut? Scoring two!
August 3: Three-time Hart Trophy Winner
Ovi's been the most valuable player in the NHL three times. Can he make it a fourth this year?
August 4: Four career 4-goal games
Not many players can notch four goals in a game. The Great Eight has done it four times.
August 5: Kisses on the Cup during his twirl after they won
It took five games to beat the Vegas Golden Knights, but Ovechkin helped lead the Caps to their first Stanley Cup in franchise history.
August 6: Scored OT goal vs Atlanta in six seconds on Dec. 15, 2006
In one of the fastest goals in NHL history, Ovi torched the Atlanta Thrashers for an overtime winner.
August 7: Seventh-most game-winning goals in NHL History
Ovechkin has proven how clutch he is over his career and has the seventh most game-winners in NHL history with 107.
August 8: Rocket Richard Trophies won
Ovi will be looking for a ninth scoring title, but the Great Eight currently holds eight of them.
August 9: Needs nine Power-Play Goals to pass Teemu Selanne for 3rd most in NHL history
One of the deadliest power-play scorers ever, Ovechkin is only nine goals away from having the third-most in NHL history.
August 10: Matt Bradley fight
Ovechkin rarely gets into fights, but Steve Downie almost roped him into one had it not been for Matt Bradley.
August 11: 11th among active players in assists
Many don't think of Ovechkin as an all-time great passer, but he currently ranks 11th among active players on that list.
August 12: 12-time All-Star
In Ovechkin's fourteen-year career, he's been an All-Star 12 times. He can make it a 13th in the 2019-20 season.
August 13: No. 13 on the all-time goals list with 658
Alex Ovechkin has scored 658 goals during his fourteen-year career, landing him at No. 13 on the all-time goals list.
August 14: 14th captain in Capitals history
August 15: 15 goals scored in 2018 playoffs to win the Conn Smythe trophy
Alex Ovechkin scored 15 goals during the Capitals' 2018 quest to win the Stanley Cup, securing him the Conn Smythe trophy.
August 16: 16 total games missed since 2010
MONTH OF OVI 🎱— NBC Sports Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) August 16, 2019
8/16 - Ovi has missed only *16* games since 2010 pic.twitter.com/9McgQAv9dt
August 17: Ovechkin vs Dubinsky
It's not often we see Alex Ovechkin drop the mitts, but when he does he makes it count. On December 12, 2010, against the Rangers, Ovi went toe-to-toe with Brandon Dubinsky. The frustrated forward lost the bout, and the Caps lost the game, 7-0.
August 18: Birthday of Alex's son Sergei
On the ice, Alexander is as good as it gets. But off the ice, he's just as amazing with his family.
August 19: Alex Ovechkin drafts No. 19, Nicklas Backstrom
Throwing it back to the Capitals' draft selection of No. 19, Nicklas Backstrom, when Ovi announced the Caps' choice.
August 20: Winter Classic assist to Troy Brouwer
In the dying seconds of Ovi's second Winter Classic appearance, his broken stick and whiffed shot resulted in an assist to Troy Brouwer for the game-winning goal.
August 21: 21st overall on career points per game list
MONTH OF OVI: 8/21— NBC Sports Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) August 21, 2019
21st overall on career points per game list (1.117) pic.twitter.com/157Z1emSm0
August 22: 22 career overtime goals
ICYMI MONTH OF OVI: 8-22— NBC Sports Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) August 23, 2019
22 career overtime goals (Most in NHL history) pic.twitter.com/nWQZ26ImBz
August 23: Ovechkin schools Mara to score 'The Goal'
In 2006, rookie Alex Ovechkin beat #23 Paul Mara to score an unbelievably acrobatic goal en route to a 6-1 win over the Coyotes.
August 24: 24 career hat tricks for the Great Eight
Alex Ovechkin has 24 career hat tricks, the most of any active player in the NHL. Wayne Gretzky leads all-time with 50.
August 25: Career-best 25 power play goals in 2014
After scoring 24 power play goals the season prior, Ovechkin set a personal best with 25 in 2014.
August 26: 2.6 career hits per game
MONTH OF OVI: 8/26— NBC Sports Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) August 27, 2019
2.6 career hits per game
💥 his 2,846 hits is 4th most among active players 💥 pic.twitter.com/SRgmGn3o1s
August 27: 27 points scored in 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs
MONTH OF OVI: 8/27— NBC Sports Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) August 28, 2019
27 points scored in 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs en route to winning the Conn Smythe Trophy 🏆 pic.twitter.com/Ax3T8Nu9k5
August 28: 28 career even-strength goals vs Carolina and Winnipeg
MONTH OF OVI: 8/28— NBC Sports Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) August 28, 2019
28 career even-strength goals vs Carolina and Winnipeg (t- most vs any team) pic.twitter.com/7LyBCssfdX
August 29: The Florida Panthers, leap years and the 2004 NHL Draft
Alex Ovechkin on the Florida Panthers? How February 29th and the technicality of a leap year could have led to Alex Ovechkin being drafted a year earlier.
August 30: Coming soon!
August 31: Coming soon!
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