Alex Ovechkin named NHL’s “First Star” of the week

  • Meaghan Frazier
Associated Press

Associated Press

After three explosive games by the Washington Capitals’ captain, Alexander Ovechkin, the NHL finally recognized him as the NHL’s “First Star” of the week. Ovechkin jumped out on to the league lead in goals with 4 along with points where he racked up 6 in the first 3 games. He also leads the NHL in total shots on goal with 24 so far.

Although the winger is glad to be getting off to a good start he said his “team’s results have to be better, 100 percent.”

Out of the four touches that have turned into goals for the young winger, three of those came during a power play. Also, five of Ovechkin’s six points have come on power play opportunities, which is just a brief showing of how good the Capitals’ power play is this season.

“We can’t wait for the power play all the time, that’s what we’ve been talking about and we just have to make changes in the five-on-five game,” Ovechkin said. “Of course we still have chances to score goals, but we have to use it, we have to score.”

Ovechkin’s outstanding opening week came only hours after he returned from his trip to Greece, where he carried the Olympic torch for his native country, Russia. Shortly after leaving for Greece on Friday and returning only days later to D.C., Ovechkin brushed off any signs of jet lag and even scored a goal along with an assist in the Capitals’ season opener in Chicago on Tuesday night. Despite his busy trip, Ovechkin said he felt good throughout the week partially due to him trying to not let his body switch time zones along with the rest of him.

“When I flew there, I didn’t change my time change, and on the way back I didn’t sleep at all on the plane, I took a nap like 30 minutes,” Ovechkin said. “That probably helped me a lot.”

Despite Ovechkin’s over powerful week one, Canadiens center Lars Eller recorded three goals and two assists along with Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury who’s .50 GAA and a shutout in two games allowed his team to boast a winning record thus far.


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