The Washington Capitals had another deflating loss – this time losing to the New York Rangers 6-5 in overtime after Mika Zibanejad scored five goals.
Lost in the shuffle was another clutch performance by Alex Ovechkin who nearly scored the Caps out of trouble.
Ovechkin first tallied late in the third period to tie the game at 4 before scoring again with 43 seconds left to send it to overtime, giving the Capitals a standing point they did not deserve.
The goals were Ovechkin’s 704th and 705th of his Hall of Fame career.
Ovechkin’s 46th goal of the season came with 10:38 remaining in the third period. After taking a pass from John Carlson, Ovechkin gathered in the puck and threw an unstoppable wrist shot past Alexandar Georgiev far side.
Clutch doesn't even begin to describe it. No. 46 of the season and No. 704 of Ovi's career. pic.twitter.com/8EOGzmdWYk
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) March 6, 2020
Ovechkin later tied the game again with less than a minute to go, collecting John Carlson’s rebound and depositing the puck into the yawning net. The captain’s goal set off a massive celebration. The goal was Ovi’s 47th of the season, tying him with David Pastrnak for the league lead.
Ovechkin now sits three goals away from 50. If he hits the half-century mark again, it would be the ninth time in 15 career seasons Ovechkin has scored 50.
On top of that, Ovechkin now sits fifth all-time in multi-goal games with 145.
Most Multi-Goal Games in #NHL History:
Wayne Gretzky – 189
Brett Hull – 158
Mario Lemieux – 154
Gordie Howe – 147#ALLCAPS Alex Ovechkin – 145
— Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) March 6, 2020
He’s also one multi-goal road game away from tying Wayne Gretzky for the most all-time.
Collecting a pair of 3rd period markers to help the @Capitals salvage a point on Thursday at the Rangers, Alex Ovechkin moved closer to another 50 goal season & also 1 shy of tying Wayne Gretzky for the most efforts here pic.twitter.com/RvU2xGaQWD
— StatsCentre (@StatsCentre) March 6, 2020
While the Capitals are scuffling, Ovi never fails to deliver.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) March 6, 2020
Headline photo courtesy of NBC Sports Washington
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