Alex Ovechkin ties Maurice Richard for goals, now at 999 points


Should we call today Milestone Monday?

Moments after Roberto Luongo took sole possession of fifth all-time in goalie wins, Alex Ovechkin accomplished some pretty impressive tasks, and he did with some excellent timing.

With a power-play goal, Ovechkin scored the 544th goal of his already outstanding career, tying Maurice Richard for 29th all-time in NHL history. To make things even better, Ovechkin tied the guy whose name adorns the trophy he’s basically owned during his career, and he did it in Montreal, where “The Rocket” etched his legend. He did so in a 4-1 win for the Washington Capitals against the Montreal Canadiens, checking off just about every box.

Speaking of which, Ovechkin is on the verge of a lot of great things, really.

In the near future, he can take sole possession of 29th in goal-scoring, but it goes deeper than that. With three points on Monday, Ovechkin now stands at 999 career points.

(Some might chuckle that he’s climbing these ranks soon after Nicklas Backstrom nabbed his 500th career assist. Ovechkin is always stealing the headlines, eh?)

In case you’re interested, here are some of the greats in range of being passed by Ovechkin in the next season or so:


20. Mark Recchi – 577 goals
21. Mike Bossy, Joe Nieuwendyk – 564
24. Mike Modano – 561
25. Guy Lafleur – 560
26. John Bucyk – 556
27. Ron Francis – 549
28. Michel Goulet – 548
29. Richard and Ovechkin – 544

As you can see, Ovechkin can really move up the ranks soon. It’s worth noting that, after Recchi, every other scorer is at 601 goals or higher.

Of course, Ovechkin found a way to inject some humor into all these honors:

Points-wise, Ovechkin is now alone at 84th in NHL history. Brian Propp is at 83rd with 1,004, so the accolades are likely to accumulate for “The Great 8.”

And, hey, there’s still that first Stanley Cup that Ovechkin and the Capitals are aiming for …

Fight video: Flyers’ Manning vs. Penguins’ Gaunce

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Breaking: the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers don’t like each other.

The stakes might be higher for the Penguins than the Flyers – aside from those who still believe Philly has a shot at a playoff run – their rivalry rarely subsides.

With that in mind, it’s no surprise that Sunday featured at least one fight, with Cameron Gaunce squaring off against Brandon Manning in a pretty spirited bout.

Manning isn’t shy about fighting, by the way; this was his seventh bout of the season, according to Hockey Fights.

Higher on the radar for the Penguins is the situation for Conor Sheary, who has been absent from the ice since about midway through the first period. PHT will keep an eye out for updates on what could be yet another injury for the health-challenged Pens.

Dreading the work week? Watch this dog get ‘ice time’ with puck

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Life is difficult, complex and confusing. Good thing we have dog videos.

Forgive this video being one night late, but for those of us who watch cute animal clips, time is a furry circle. Or something like that.

Anyway, this golden retriever got a little “ice time” before the Washington Capitals’ game against the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday in what would end up being a 4-1 win for the Caps. It’s an excellent video featuring a top-notch, hilarious pooch.

Alternate joke: Now that is some puck retrieval.

Patrik Laine’s out sick for Jets on Sunday

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Patrik Laine and Auston Matthews are locked with identical goals (34), assists (27) and points (61) on Sunday, which is remarkable since Laine has played in 67 games versus 75 for Matthews. He won’t get a chance to beef up his numbers on Sunday, either.

It looks like the high-scoring rookie is missing the Winnipeg Jets’ contest against the Vancouver Canucks because of an illness, according to TSN’s Sara Orlesky.

The Jets are almost assured to miss the playoffs, so seeing Laine lose a chance to bolster his Calder argument adds a little extra sadness to the night.

NHL schedules hearing for Micheal Haley’s sucker-punch on Calle Jarnkrok


The NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced a Monday hearing for San Jose Sharks tough guy Micheal Haley for his “roughing/sucker punch” on Calle Jarnkrok of the Nashville Predators.

The league didn’t specify if Haley will face a telephone or in-person hearing on Monday afternoon. They did, interestingly, use the phrase “sucker punch” in that official announcement.

Haley received a match penalty during the game. Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer was highly upset about the hit that inspired Haley’s actions.

“When you run someone from behind in a game like that, you probably deserve to get a punch in the mouth,” DeBoer told reporters.

In other bad news for the Sharks, CSN Bay Area’s Kevin Kurz reports that Logan Couture‘s situation isn’t looking promising after he was hurt on Sunday.