League-leading goalscorer Alex Ovechkin scored again Thursday against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The goal marked Ovechkin’s 650th career goal, pulling him within six of tying 13th place Brendan Shanahan, the Leafs president.
Ovechkin scored in the second immediately after a faceoff win by Nicklas Backstrom. John Carlson then sent a pass over to Ovechkin, who one-timed the puck home from above the left face-off circle.
Ovi, fading away from the net, beat Frederik Andersen glove side to the far corner of the net.
The goal put the Capitals up 1-0 3:54 into the second period.
“When we play simple (on the power play), it’s pretty good,” Ovechkin said after the game.
Ovechkin is now seven goals away from tallying his eighth 50-goal season in the NHL. According to NHL.com’s Tom Gulitti, Ovechkin has 50 goals over his last 73 games spanning the last two seasons.
That goal earlier was the 650th of Ovechkin's career.
He scored his 600th on March 12 of last season against Winnipeg.
That was the Capitals'/Ovechkin's 69th game of the season. This was Ovechkin's 60th game this season.
So he has 50 goals in his past 73 games.
— Tom Gulitti (@TomGulittiNHL) February 22, 2019
“You look where he scored from tonight,” John Tavares said after the game. “I mean, that’s not that close to the net & his ability to get pucks off with very little room and being as accurate as he is, there’s no bigger threat over the last probably 10-20 years on the powerplay.”
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