Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals chased Jaroslav Halak out of Sunday’s game in less than 16 minutes, as he allowed three goals on just six shots.
Ovechkin collected two of those tallies, pushing his season total to 17, tying Alexander Steen for the league lead. (For now, at least.)
Here are the two Ovechkin goals. The first one came 7:17 into the first period:
The second one came about five minutes later:
Mikhail Grabovski scored the goal that sealed Halak’s fate for the night, notching his seventh for the season. We’ll see if Brian Elliott and the St. Louis Blues can turn it around after falling behind 3-0.
Update: the Capitals ended up winning 4-1 thanks to that 3-0 opening and 46 saves by Braden Holtby.
This dominant win is a heck of a way for the Kings to begin an imposing seven-game road trip, which continues against the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Bruins probably want to burn the tape on this one themselves, as they’re about to head on a six-game road trip.
Per @EliasSports: @LAKings had 9 different skaters score in a game for 5th time in franchise history. Last: Jan. 21, 1987 vs. PIT (10-5 W).
Some hockey players resist the urge to wear a visor, at least if they’re given that choice.
Perhaps a few will say “Hey, Nathan Beaulieu will just punch it off anyway.”
Maybe not, but Beaulieu provided a rather unique moment in his fight with Cedric Paquette during the Montreal Canadiens – Tampa Bay Lightning game. You can watch that bout in the video above, and see a cut on the Lightning pest’s face from that blow.