Ovechkin hits 700-goal mark
With a powerful and prodigious shot, Alex Ovechkin now stands where few in the NHL have been.
He became the eight player to score 700 career goals, reaching the milestone in the third period of the Capitals’ 3-2 loss to the host Devils on Saturday.
The 34-year-old Russian forward onetimed a slap shot from the right circle that went in off the left post 4:50 into the third period, tying the game at 2-2. It was his 42nd goal of the season, one behind the Bruins’ David Pastrnak for the league lead, and came on his second shot on goal of the game.
“It’s a special moment,” Ovechkin said. “When you get closer you start thinking when it’s going to happen. Finally, it’s over so we don’t have to talk about it anymore. We’re going to move on.”
In a pinch: The Hurricanes were forced to use an emergency goaltender in a 6-3 victory over the Maple Leafs after both of their netminders left with injuries.
David Ayres, who works as a Zamboni driver for the Toronto Marlies of the AHL, served as the emergency goalie.
The 42-year-old Ayres was forced into action in Marlies gear and a Hurricanes jersey midway through the second period after James Reimer and Petr Mrazek were injured. The Hurricanes were leading 3-1 when Ayres took over.
Ayres, from Whitby, Ontario, has backed up both the Marlies and the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL in the past.