Wayne Gretzky and Gordie Howe. These at the moment are the one two names forward of Alex Ovechkin on the NHL’s all-time targets listing.
Ovechkin moved right into a tie for third with Jaromir Jagr on Tuesday, scoring twice because the Washington Capitals got here from behind within the third interval for a 5-4 win over the Calgary Flames.
Ovechkin’s thirty fifth and thirty sixth targets of the season, No. 765 and 766 of his profession, strikes him to inside 35 of Howe. Gretzky leads with 894.
“Clearly, it’s at all times good to listen to these type of milestones, numbers,” stated Ovechkin, who has targets in three straight video games. “It’s fairly huge, clearly, and the way I at all times stated, being with these names and on this firm, it’s a reasonably cool second.”
The 36-year-old’s second purpose, which got here into an empty internet at 18:12 to make it 5-3, ended up the game-winner after Elias Lindholm’s second purpose of the night time and twenty ninth of the season with 40 seconds left obtained Calgary again to inside one.
“I feel guys are simply excited for him,” stated Washington coach Peter Laviolette. “We don’t discuss it a lot. I feel all people is aware of what’s occurring and it’s superior to be part of.”
Curiously, Jaromir Jagr scored his 766th purpose within the Saddledome, when he wrapped up his profession as a Flame.
Ovechkin had an opportunity for his hat trick and sole possession of third all-time within the waning seconds however his shot on the empty internet was deflected by Lindholm.
“I hoped so, nevertheless it hit his skates. It’s OK. I’ll take it tomorrow,” Ovechkin stated.
Nic Dowd, who had the go-ahead purpose within the third, thought they have been about to witness historical past.
“I couldn’t imagine that one obtained blocked on the finish, nevertheless it was superior,” Dowd stated. “Clearly, we’re tremendous excited for him and guys are looking for him everywhere in the ice and simply to be part of it and easily watch it, he’s the very best. So actually completely satisfied for him.”
Washington faces the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night time in Rogers Place within the second cease of its three-game Western Canada highway journey.
However in mild of world occasions, it wasn’t cheers for the ‘Nice Eight’ and his historic pursuit. It was the alternative.
One night time after the Flames confirmed their help for Ukraine by having Ukrainian-Canadian opera singer Stephania Romaniuk sing the Ukrainian anthem previous to Calgary’s recreation with the Oilers, a portion of the Saddledome crowd of 15,628, booed Ovechkin every time he touched the puck, particularly early within the recreation.
Ovechkin has traditionally been a vocal supporter of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and the Capitals’ captain’s Instagram account includes a photograph of himself standing beside Putin. An image of the 2 can be Ovechkin’s Instagram profile photograph.
Publish-game, Ovechkin spoke solely concerning the recreation.
Connor Sheary and Anthony Mantha additionally scored for Washington (31-18-9).
Adam Ruzicka and Oliver Kylington have been the opposite marksmen for Calgary (34-15-7), which had its 13-game house unbeaten streak snapped. The Pacific Division-leading Flames fall to 14-2-1 of their final 17 video games total.
Tied 2-2 after 40 minutes, Calgary took its second lead of the night time at 3:45 when Kylington’s slapshot deflected off Connor McMichael’s stick and obtained previous Vanecek.
However the Capitals tied it at 8:21 on Mantha’s purpose by means of a display screen then surged into their first lead simply over three minutes later.
Getting the puck on the sideboards, Dowd made a pleasant lower, to sidestep Lindholm, then from the faceoff dot, ripped a shot into the highest nook for his first in 10 video games.
“We’ve a veteran staff, so we’ve been there earlier than,” stated Dowd. “However that was one of many first recreation this yr the place we’ve been down a purpose, we caught with it in a tricky constructing towards an excellent staff of their constructing, and did all of the little issues proper, and we obtained rewarded for it on the finish.”
Vitek Vanecek made 31 saves for Washington to get the win. He improves to 13-7-5.
Dan Vladar, beginning for the second time in three video games with workhorse starter Jacob Markstrom getting one other night time off, had 22 saves in taking the loss. He falls to 8-4-1.
“While you’re enjoying back-to-backs and enjoying three in 4, issues like that, you want some huge saves,” stated Sutter. “That’s going to occur towards a staff that’s obtained a number of ammo.”
The Capitals additionally trailed 2-0 within the second, however stormed again to tie it.
When Milan Lucic bobbled the rebound into the slot, Sheary buried his fourth purpose in as many video games. Sheary has a four-game level streak (4 targets, two assists).
The Capitals pulled even at 13:23 on one other turnover. Sean Monahan, in entrance of his personal internet, misplaced the puck to Evgeny Kuznetsov and the puck went proper to Ovechkin, who ripped a shot previous Vladar.
“He has an excellent shot. I feel he does just about the identical factor on a regular basis however when he will get his probability he capitalizes,” stated Kylington. “I feel that’s particular with him. A participant like him, it’s a must to play him tight. You need to decrease house for him on the market and simply be on high of him on a regular basis.”
Capitals are 20-3-4 when Ovechkin scores a purpose. … It was the 1,000th recreation Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom performed collectively. They’re the primary set of Capitals teammates to achieve that milestone. Los Angeles’s Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar are the one different lively duo to have performed it. … Calgary C Mikael Backlund performed in profession recreation No. 800, all of them coming with the Flames. That ranks him fifth in franchise historical past.