With two first period goals on Thursday night Alex Ovechkin joined a pretty exclusive club.
Those goals not only put him at the 30-goal mark for the 2019-20 season, but also give him 15 consecutive 30-goal seasons to start his career.
He is now just one of three players in NHL history to ever record 15 consecutive 30-goal seasons, joining Jaromir Jagr and Mike Gartner. Ovechkin and Gartner are the only two players to do it in the first 15 seasons of their career.
Ovechkin would add another goal in the third period to complete the hat trick in the Capitals’ 5-2 win.
His three goals also put him back on pace for 50 goals this season. If he is able to maintain that it would be the ninth of his career, which would tie him with Wayne Gretzky and Mike Bossy for the most in NHL history.
He is also up to 689 goals for his career and is set to make a massive leap into the top-10 as this season goes on. He is just one goal away from tying Mario Lemieux for 10th place all-time. It is not out of the question for him to climb as high as seventh place all-time before the end of this season, as he currently sits 19 back of Gartner for that spot.