Right at the start of the season of the North American ice hockey league NHL, Alexander Ovetschkin proved his scoring qualities. The 36-year-old Russian scored two goals in the Washington Capitals 5-1 home win over New York Rangers on Wednesday, making him the fifth-best goalscorer in NHL history.
Ovetschkin now holds 732 hits in the regular round, overtaking Marcel Dionne (731). Only Wayne Gretzky (894), Gordie Howe (801), Jaromir Jagr (766) and Brett Hull (741) are ahead of the Russian. Ovetschkin had extended the Capitals by five years in the summer and set himself the goal of setting the Gretzky record. “Of course it’s a great privilege to be on this list. But as I always say, I look from game to game and from day to day,” he said.
Bester US Coach
Washington coach Peter Laviolette also reached a milestone. The 56-year-old celebrated his 674th victory and is now number one among the US coaches ahead of John Tortorella (673) solo.
In Toronto, the Maple Leafs prevailed 2-1 in the traditional duel with the Montreal Canadiens.