The Washington Capitals played miserably against the Minnesota Wild on Sunday losing 5-3, but Alex Ovechkin still went off.
Despite missing the game before due to a lower-body injury, Ovechkin figured in all three Capitals’ goals against Minnesota, including scoring twice himself.
For longtime followers of the Capitals captain, the three-point performance was just another ho-hum day for the legendary winger against the Wild — a team he has absolutely dominated like no other.
Ovechkin has played at Minnesota’s Xcel Energy Center 12 times during his illustrious 18-year career in the NHL. Ovi has recorded at least one point in every game he’s played there and scored in eight different games. According to NHL PR, that level of dominance in Minnesota puts Ovi high up on a list that includes some of the greatest players in NHL history.
Alex Ovechkin has never left Minnesota without recording a point – he now has found the score sheet in all 12 games he’s played in the state (including 8 in which he has scored a goal).#NHLStats: https://t.co/V30QteHSN3 pic.twitter.com/nAnuLpmM28
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) March 19, 2023
Only six other players have had a more impressive stretch of games as a visiting player including Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Johnny Bucyk, Dany Heatley, Joe Mullen, and Marcel Dionne. (Please note: I’m surprised not to see Carl Hagelin leading this list as a visiting player at Capital One Arena.)
Some great research from Capitals PR (Capitals Today) and RMNB help put Ovechkin’s dominance into perspective.
Sunday also marked another dominant Ovechkin performance against goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, a player he has terrorized his entire career. Ovechkin has scored 27 goals in 45 career regular-season games against MAF, the most of any goaltender in his career (see the full list). Fleury was also the goaltender of record when the Capitals beat in the 2018 Stanley Cup Final to win the franchise’s first championship.
Until Sunday’s defeat, Ovechkin’s dominance had helped the Capitals earn at least one point in seven-straight games (6-0-1) in Minnesota dating back to March 19, 2015.
Perhaps Ovi was a big fan of Prince or maybe there is something in the waters of Lake Minnetonka? Whatever the reason, Ovechkin goes to a different level when he plays the Wild.
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