The official NHL scoresheet is telling me that Alex Ovechkin has a four-goal game. With a light touch late in the second period, Ovechkin recorded his seventh goal of the season in the second period of the second game of the season.
Nothing makes sense anymore, and it’s beautiful.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) October 8, 2017
Here’s the scene: with a hat trick already in the bag, Ovechkin carves in front of Al Montoya and puts a backhander towards the net. The puck hits traffic, and TJ Oshie makes a reach for it, but it seems like Ovi’s was the last touch by a Caps player.
The bird’s eye spells it out plainly:
Ovechkin was already the first player to score hat tricks in the first two games of the season since the NHL’s inaugural season one century ago.
Its’s the first four-goal game in the league since January, when Patrick Marleau did it against Colorado, which shouldn’t count if we’re being real. Ovi’s last four-goal game was December 10, 2013, when he lit up the Lightning. There was much rejoicing.
It’s Ovechkin’s 565th career goal. He has now passed Joe Nieuwendyk and Mats Sundin. The Caps lead the Canadiens 6-1. Nothing is forbidden anymore.
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