After a week in which he scored his 500th career goal and vaulted into the league lead for goals scored, Alex Ovechkin was named the NHL’s ‘First Star’ of the week, the league announced on Monday.
Ovechkin tied for first in the NHL with five goals in four games to power the Washington Capitals (32-7-3, 67 points) to four straight wins. The Capitals are the top team in the NHL with the most points and the best winning percentage.
Ovechkin didn’t score against the Boston Bruins on Tuesday, but he rolled toward his 500th goal in every game after that. Against the New York Islanders on Thursday night, he scored the game-winner, his 497th career goal. On Saturday afternoon, he scored two goals against the New York Rangers, including this beauty in overtime:
That goal was Ovechkin’s 499th, and he saved 500 (and 501) for Verizon Center. By scoring 500 goals in 801 games, Ovechkin is the fifth-fastest to reach the milestone and the 43rd player to do so. With 26 goals in 41 games, he’s once again on pace to reach 50 goals for the season, and he’s ranked third in the league in plus-minus with a plus-21.
This is Ovechkin’s first NHL honor of the season.