The Washington Capitals shutout the Carolina Hurricanes 2-0 and Alex Ovechkin continued his climb up the leader board.
Alex Ovechkin scored twice, both in the first period, and the Washington Capitals held off the Carolina Hurricanes for a 2-0 win. It ended Carolina’s three-game winning streak.
Ovechkin put the Caps up 1-0 at 11:58 with a great play in front of the net off a set up from Tom Wilson.
The Caps got their third power play of the night shortly after when Dougie Hamilton shot the puck over the glass for a delay of game. It was the third of four penalties in the first period alone. Carolina ended the night with six.
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Ovechkin now has 28 goals on the season and 686 in his career. His first goal passed Teemu Selanne for 11th on the NHL all-time goals list. He needs just four to tie Mario Lemieux.
Capitals head Todd Reirden told NHL.com after the game that he had a feeling Ovechkin was going to bring his A-game Monday night:
“He knew tonight was an important game for us, so I thought you saw him go to a different level. To me, that’s Alex Ovechkin.”
Carlson added in the same story:
“Everything just seems normal with him sometimes, just because he is passing someone and he is always climbing some leaderboard. Maybe you get dull to it a little bit, but you know, certainly some special names that are close and when you look back at it, I think it will be a lot more meaningful for him as well.”
Ilya Samsonov stopped 23 shots for his first NHL shutout to improve his record to 13-2-1 with a 2.11 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage.
“He’s playing with some confidence right now. He’s worked hard in practice, same as [Braden Holtby]. I think we have the best two goalies in the League right now and I think we can see when they feel comfortable, when they feel good, we feel the same.”
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The Capitals ended a two-game losing streak with the win and will be looking to avenge a Saturday night loss to the Devils when New Jersey comes to town on Thursday night.
In other news, Nicklas Backstrom just got paid and we’ll have more on that shortly.