Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has had a simply sensational week, and the NHL is acknowledging it as well. Ovechkin has been named the NHL’s First Star for the week ending January 19. Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Elvis Merzlikins and Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews were the second and third stars, respectively.
Ovi scored eight goals in three games, including back to back hat tricks against the New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders. The goals propelled him up the NHL’s all-time leaderboard, passing Mario Lemieux (690) and putting him tied for ninth with Steve Yzerman (692).