Published: Wed, January 22, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Capitals' Ovechkin ties Lemieux for 10th on National Hockey League all-time goals list

Capitals' Ovechkin ties Lemieux for 10th on National Hockey League all-time goals list

Tom Wilson and Carl Hagelin also scored for Washington.

Ovechkin got his 691st career goal on a spectacular play 5:18 into the third when he scored while falling to the ice after making a move through the right circle. That was the 25th hat trick of his career, which tops all active players. Ovechkin knew New Jersey's Miles Wood didn't mean to high-stick him and the referees didn't see it, but that didn't stop him from exacting some revenge with his second consecutive multigoal game.

Ovechkin also passed Mario Lemieux for 10th place on the career list. Ilya Samsonov made seven saves in the third and picked up the win when Washington stormed back. He is a -13 with 22 penalty minutes, 15 power play points, two game winning goals, 221 shots on goal, one faceoff win, 17 blocked shots, 129 hits, 23 takeaways and 33 giveaways.

When Alex Ovechkin took an errant stick to the face that made him bleed, his Washington Capitals teammates knew it wouldn't be good for the New Jersey Devils. That power play goal gave Washington a 1-0 lead.

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Ovechkin scored twice on Louis Domingue before the Devils starter exited after the first period with a lower-body injury. Lars Eller then fed Hagelin, and he scored from in front. Wayne Simmonds made it 3-1 just 52 seconds later before Blake Coleman added another in a 3:34 cut split in the final period.

Brock Nelson and Casey Cizikas scored in the first period for the Islanders, who lost their second straight game.

Jakub Vrana answered for Washington just over three minutes later, and Ovechkin finished his hat trick with 4:18 left after a handsome back pass by Tom Wilson in the corner.

Even Lemieux, now the main owner of the Penguins, should be proud of the movement that Ovechkin executed to pass it. Ovechkin pulled the disc between the legs of NY defender Scott Mayfield in a hurry, accommodated him with the back of his cane and hit him in the fold.

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