With the two-goal night, Ovechkin tied the late Mike Posey and Wayne Gretzky on nine seasons of 50 goals each, the most in National Hockey League history. The captain now has 780 career goals, with just 21 behind Jordy Howe (801) to finish second in the National Hockey League’s scoring record.
“It’s clearly a very good company,” says Ovechkin. “I’m very happy. When you score the first goal, you feel good about the match. I think our streak today looks good, and we have very good chances. It’s one of the nights when you feel that.”
“I thought he played really hard here tonight, and really hard in Colorado [on Monday], ‘says CAPS coach, Peter Laviollette. He was really a role model for our team. Amazing achievement, 50 goals again. I think as a veteran player, being able to make that where he is in his career now as well, is very special.”
Wednesday’s loss halted the captain’s two-game winning streak, but picked up points in seven of his last eight matches (6-1-1).
At the start of the competition, the Hats needed some key stopping points from the goalkeeper Ilya Samsonov, and they got it. Max Pasuritti was denied a 2-on-1 score in the first half of the game and frustrated Keegan Kolisar from the hole after a spin in Washington, two minutes into the start.
The Hats climbed to the board first, taking a 1-0 . lead Evgeny KuznetsovTwenty-fourth goal of the season at 6:18 of the opening frame. Washington worked a high course in the Vegas area, and Nick Jensen The disc was left for Ovechkin a few feet above the left circle. Ovechkin hit one timer from there, and the disc slipped across the pads of Vegas goalkeeper Robin Lehner and wiggled behind him in the blue paint. Fortunately for the berets, Kuznetsov was there to hit her and put her in front.
In the back half of the first period, it’s Vegas even. After an exchange between two Vegas defensemen inside the Washington line, Alex Martinez let a shot fly through traffic, finding its way past Samsonov and knotting the score at 13:51.
A little over a minute later, the hats seemed to have regained the lead in Jamal John Carlson The goal that came from the sequence of tic-tac-toe passes. But all of this was in vain when the Golden Knights issued a successful coach challenge, claiming Washington was offside in play. Video review showed it Tom Wilson Shortly before the match, the score remained 1-1 by the middle of the period.
Lehner blocked 12 shots out of 13 games in the first, but Vegas coach Pete DeBoyer made him start in the second, to be replaced by Logan Thompson, who was right-handed on the former Caps ranch.
Shortly after the Caps successfully eliminated a mighty Vegas game early in the second, they reclaimed their lead by one goal. Kuznetsov, who was on the ice to complete the kill, provided the perfect feed for Ovechkin’s setup on a 2-on-1 dash. From inside the left circle, the captain’s net hit the net to score his 49th goal of the season, making Thompson the 160th different victim of his brilliant NHL career. .
Washington was unable to do anything with less than a minute of carryover playing time for the third start, and after about a minute, the Golden Knights tied.
After the hats turned the disc in the neutral zone, Evgeny Dadonov returned from Vegas to the Washington ice and fired a shot from the right circle, a piece of which Samsonov grabbed, but it hit his upper body and at a short distance. Side to tie the game 2-2 at 2:05 from the third.
Seconds later, the Golden Knights returned to the power game and took their first lead that night. From half of the right wall, Max Passeurity put a feed to the middle for Chandler Stevenson into the hole. The former hat-team striker redirected her through Samsonov, who had lost his wand; She was lying at his feet. The second goal of the Golden Knights in 49 seconds gave Vegas a 3-2 lead at 2:54 from the third goal.
“Well, they scored to equalize, and then we ended up receiving a penalty in the balloulin,” Laviolette said. “And then the goalkeeper was caught without his stick – [it was] Between his legs – and they scored another quick goal.
“It was just two bad minutes. I don’t think we didn’t go out and play, we didn’t go our way in the first two minutes.”
Vegas put a lot of pressure on Washington for the next few minutes, until Ovechkin slipped away just before the halfway mark. The puck rolled off his blade before he could pull the trigger.
“I kind of got myself excited, thinking a lot,” said Ross Ovechkin of Breakaway. “This is not my game.”
Samsonov stopped Stevenson on a breakup soon after, and the hats eventually pulled out even in Ovechkin’s 50th place. Connor Cherry He made a good defensive play in Washington Ice to finish off the Vegas offensive zone turn, and quickly hit Orlov Ovechkin with a pass from Ploen to Ploen. Ovechkin didn’t keep him on his blade for long, gained the ground and ended up as a clapper who stubbed Thompson at 13:36 of the third.
In overtime, it took over two minutes for both teams to land a shot at the net, and Theodore finished the match with the only shot from the overtime session. He took a feed from Dadonov, cut halfway and put a brace under the bar to keep the hats unbeaten in the regular season at the T-Mobile Arena.
With Wednesday’s win, the Knights secured a two-point lead over Dallas to reach their second Western League playoff. The Stars fell to Edmonton on Wednesday, and they have a game in hand in Vegas.