Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has always been defined by his consistency. In November, TSN’s Travis Yost did the math and revealed that Ovechkin had gone the last five seasons without a goal drought longer than six games. None of Ovechkin’s goal-scoring contemporaries — including Corey Pery, Jamie Benn, Joe Pavelski, Steven Stamkos, and Tyler Seguin — could claim the same, all experiencing goal droughts in the double digits.
Sunday night, after 12 seasons and 907 career NHL games, Ovechkin finally showed he was mortal, going his tenth-straight game without a goal. It marks the longest single-season goalless streak of Ovechkin’s career.