Despite firing 16 shot attempts towards the net, Alex Ovechkin went goalless in the Capitals’ 3-1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes, Saturday. Ovechkin has not found the back of the net since scoring a natural hat trick against the Los Angeles Kings on February 4 – a season-high four-game scoreless streak.
“Sometimes it just goes in,” Ovechkin said. “Sometimes it hits the post or you miss a wide open net or pretty good chances. You just have to stick with it. Obviously, I would be pissed if I didn’t have any chances, but it’s okay. It’s gonna come.”
Undaunted, NBC Sports has picked up the Washington Capitals-Vegas Golden Knights game and will air it on national TV, Monday night.
PROGRAMMING ALERT: @NBCSports has added an NHL game Monday as part of "Gr8ness: Ovi's Chase for 700" when the @Capitals take on the @GoldenKnights at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN. https://t.co/isV0SJ91jf
— NBC Sports PR (@NBCSportsPR) February 16, 2020
Capitals fans in the local market will still be able to watch Joe Beninati and Craig Laughlin call the game on NBC Sports Washington.
Since Alex Ovechkin hit 698 goals, the NHL’s primary TV partner has picked up nearly every Capitals game and aired it nationally. The Capitals-Golden Knights game marks the third game NBC has aired nationally while Ovechkin attempts to become the eighth player ever to score 700 goals. NBC also picked up the Capitals-Islanders and Capitals-Avalanche games.
Previously, NBCSN was not planning to air an NHL game at all that night. Before the season began, the Capitals were only supposed to be on national TV 12 times total.
*PROGRAMMING ALERT* – “GR8NESS: OVI’S CHASE FOR 700” – NBC SPORTS ADDS CAPITALS-GOLDEN KNIGHTS GAME MONDAY ON NBCSN
Alex Ovechkin’s Chase for 700 Continues Monday Night on NBCSN
STAMFORD, Conn. – Feb. 16, 2020 – With Alex Ovechkin just two goals shy of reaching 700 goals for his NHL career, NBC Sports has flexed in to the Washington Capitals game against the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday evening at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN. The game will be blacked out on NBCSN in the Vegas and Washington D.C. markets and will air on their respective RSNs.
Ovechkin currently sits at 698 career goals, and in reaching the 700-goal benchmark, he is looking to become just the eighth player in NHL history to achieve the momentous feat.
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