Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin, the greatest goal-scorer of his generation, is moving among the great scorers of other generations.
Ovechkin picked up his second consecutive hat trick Saturday afternoon in a 6-4 comeback win against the New York Islanders to move into a tie for ninth on the all-time goal list.
He passed Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux (690) and tied Hall of Famer Steve Yzerman. Yzerman needed 1,514 games to reach his 692 goals, while Ovechkin has played 1,133 games.
Ovechkin has eight goals over his last three games. Next up on the list is Mark Messier at 694 goals, and barring injury, Ovechkin will hit 700 goals and approach or pass seventh-place Mike Gartner at 708. He already tied Gartner's and Jaromir Jagr's record of 15 consecutive seasons of 30 or more goals.
Ovechkin scored his 25th career hat trick Thursday against the New Jersey Devils after taking a high stick to the face. This time, he scored his second and third goals in the third period after the Islanders' Devon Toews scored to give his team a 4-1 lead, and imitated the bird celebration used by Capitals forward Evgeni Kuznetsov.
Alex Ovechkin is simply ridiculous pic.twitter.com/0CfE9RsCcM
Ovechkin scored in the first period on a partial breakaway. On his second goal, he made a great move, putting the puck through the skates of Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield, and got a good bounce. He picked up the hat trick with an empty-netter.
The only thing that will slow Ovechkin: He must sit out his next game because he decided to skip the All-Star Game.
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