Tuesday night at Verizon Center, Alex Ovechkin gave the Capitals a thrilling 6-5 overtime win. He also accomplished some more history. The one-time goal, which was beautifully assisted by John Carlson, was Ovechkin’s 19th overtime tally of his career.
Not only is that a Caps’ franchise record, Ovechkin is now tied with with hockey fossil Jaromir Jagr for the most OT goals in NHL history.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) January 4, 2017
The play was all made possible by John Carlson. After the Caps defenseman shed Leo Komarov along the boards, he found Ovechkin wide open in slot. Ovechkin would calmly bat the pass past Frederik Andersen.
It was Ovechkin’s 18th goal this season and the 543rd tally of his career, moving him five points away from 1,000.
The goal also moved Ovechkin into a two-way tie with Steve Yzerman (94) for 10th place on the all-time NHL game-winning goals list.
And if that doesn’t make Ovechkin perfect enough, he’s also auctioning off his stick from tonight’s game to benefit a Russian child who desperately needs an emergency surgery.
What a human.
Headline photo: Geoff Burke
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