Alex Ovechkin's third-period goal in Game 4 against the Islanders was a big one as it gave the Capitals a 3-2 lead in an elimination matchup for Washington. But, that wasn't the only reason the score was important.
Finding the back of the net, Ovechkin made history once again, passing Sidney Crosby and Gordie Howe for sole possession of 18th on the all-time NHL playoff goals list. It was Ovechkin's 69th goal in his postseason career. He had tied the duo in the second period when his goal tied the game at 2-2.
An impressive feat on its own, it's also important to note that Ovechkin was the fastest of the three to reach -- and then surpass-- the mark. Crosby did it in 168 games, and that number won't change for a little while as the Penguins are noticeably absent from the playoffs. Howe scored his 68th goal in his 157th playoff game. Ovi? It only took him 135.
His fourth goal of the series, the Capitals will need him to continue to climb up the leaderboard if they want to continue their run at the Cup.