Alexander Ovechkin made his name as the all-time leading scorer in the Capitals’ 4-3 loss to the Golden Knights on Wednesday night.
With two goals, Ovechkin reached the 50-goal mark for the ninth time in his career and became only the third player in NHL history, alongside Wayne Gretzky and Mike Bossy, to achieve the feat.
Ovi initially rattled the ropes early in the second period to give the Capitals a 2-1 lead.
Then, midway through the third period, Ovechkin scored the famous 50th goal to make it 3-3 and sent everyone into overtime.
He was the fourth player this season to reach the plateau after Auston Matthews, Leon Draisaitl and Chris Kreider.
It was Shea Theodore who played the heroes thanks to a great individual surge in overtime. He slipped between TJ Oshie and Lars Eller before blasting the puck up into the backhand net to end the game.
This victory in Vegas therefore allows the team to keep alive its hopes of reaching the playoffs. The Knights are within two points of the Stars and a playoff spot. However, Dallas has a game on its hands.
In the first half, Evgeny Kuznetsov opened the scoring for Washington before watching Alec Martinez bring everyone back to first place.
Evgenii Dadonov and Chandler Stephenson scored the other goals for Vegas in the win.
Goalkeeper Robin Lehner was kicked out after 20 minutes and only allowed one goal.
Logan Thompson, taking over, stopped 13 pucks on 15 shots.
The Kraken surprises the avalanche
Kole Lind, Jordan Eberle and Yanni Gourde all scored in the first half and the Seattle Kraken beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 on Wednesday.
Philipp Grubauer has saved 25 shots for the Kraken, who have won their last three games.
Matty Beniers collected an assist to take his streak to at least a point to four to start his career.
Cale Makar and Artturi Lehkonen scored for the Avalanche and Pavel Francouz made 26 saves.
At the end of the third period, the former Canadian jumped in front of the net on a return to close the gap to one goal and give Colorado hope, but it was too little too late.
The Avalanche, guaranteed first place finishers in the Western Conference, have lost their last two games. The Avalanche tied at the top of the NHL with 116 points with the Florida Panthers.
The Avalanche had the services of Nazem Kadri (torso) for the first time since March 31. However, they have had to deal with the absence of Mikko Rantanen, who is out due to a virus.
A 40th for DeBrincat
Alex DeBrincat scored 40 goals for the second time in his career to give the Blackhawks a 4-3 overtime win over the Coyotes.
DeBrincat was forgotten behind the Arizona defense and he completed a nice pass from stalwart Patrick Kane.
The Coyotes startled the Blackhawks by scoring back-to-back goals in the third period to force overtime.
First Nathan Smith scored his first NHL career goal, and minutes later Anton Stralman scored to make it 3-3.
In the first half, Jake McCabe and Dominik Kubalik gave the Hawks a two-goal lead.
Alex Vlasic scored for the Blackhawks for the first time in his career in the second half.
Barrett Hayton scored the Coyotes’ other goal.
In goal, Karel Vejmelka kept the Coyotes in the game despite the loss with 36 saves.