Game One Thursday night brought some familiar foes face to face for the 4th time in 5 years. Alexander Ovechkin would face off against “King Henrik” Lundqvist. The advantage goes 1-0 Ovechkin. At the 6:59 mark of the 2nd period, Capitals superstar forward Alex Ovechkin, raced toward the net and tipped in a power play goal to tie the game up at 1 a piece.
What was lost in this goal is the fact that Ovechkin surpassed Peter Bondra as the Capitals all-time leading player in playoff goals scored. Ovechkin’s 31st postseason goal got the team rolling in what would be a game changing period for the Capitals. They went on to score two more times in the period and end up outlasting the New York Rangers 3-1 to take a series lead of 1-0.
Alexander Ovechkin is playing in his 7th season and has already surpassed the 30 goal mark that Bondra set in his long tenure (including a Stanley Cup Finals run). Ovechkin isn’t even ranked in the Capitals top 10 of all time games played, however he is ranked in the top 3 in goals, power play goals and points. Not to mention, Peter Bondra played in 961 career games as a Capital to Ovechkin’s 601.
It is just one more notch on Ovechkin’s record setting career in Washington D.C. however he will take a series leading victory en route to the Stanley Cup Finals over a record any day. For now, he will rack up the goals and hope to advance his team to their 2nd ever Stanley Cup Final berth.
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