Alex Ovechkin is enjoying a staggering goal-scoring season, but Friday presents a reminder that he’s generating an amazing goal-scoring career. With an empty-netter in Washington’s 4-2 win against Carolina, he notched his 400th goal:
Ovechkin, 28, did so in just 634 games, becoming the sixth fastest player to reach the 400-goal plateau. Here are the icons in front of him:
1. Wayne Gretzky (436 games)
2. Mike Bossy (506)
3. Mario Lemieux (508)
4. Brett Hull (520)
5. Jari Kurri (608)
Ovechkin also had an assist on Friday, giving him 29 goals and 11 assists for 40 points in 33 games played.
(Nicklas Backstrom continues to generate great work in Ovi’s shadow, as he collected four assists as the Capitals improved to 19-13-3 on the season.)
The goalie interference penalty called on Brad Marchand late in Friday’s Thanksgiving Showdown didn’t sit well with the Bruins.
Marchand, whistled after making contact with New York’s Henrik Lundqvist midway through the third, said he thought “it was a bit of a weak call,” adding “[Lundvqist’s] out of the crease, and he lightly gets touched.”
While Marchand took issue with the call, his head coach took issue with King Henrik.
Julien on Hank: "I know he does some acting on the side, but it doesn't need to be on the ice." #Bruins
Somebody tell the Boston Bruins there’s a goal-scoring crisis in the NHL.
This afternoon, for the 14th time this season, a Bruins game featured at least six goals. The final score was 4-3, as Boston came back to beat the Rangers in a wildly entertaining Thanksgiving Showdown on NBC.
David Krejci scored the winner with 1:43 remaining. Krejci’s goal came just 2:03 after teammate Ryan Spooner had tied it on the power play.
The win was the Bruins’ fifth straight. Though the defensive mistakes remain…
…Claude Julien’s troops have been finding ways to overcome them.