On Tuesday, Alex Ovechkin passed Peter Bondra to become the Capitals’ all-time franchise leader in power-play goals with 138. The Caps star ended the night with four goals.
There was yelling and celebrating and jumping on the ice, and after the game, Coach Adam Oates had high praise for the Caps star when asked about the performance.
“He’s a pure sniper,” Oates said. “The fourth goal, with the ice conditions at that time, the length of the pass the weight on the pass, that’s an incredible shot. That’s why he’s a superstar.”
After the postgame media session, Ovechkin got a phone call from Bondra himself.
“Hey Bonzai,” Ovechkin said. “What’s up, man?”
Ovechkin spent a minute talking to the former Capital, mostly listening as Bondra offered words of encouragement.
“He said, ‘Congrats,’ and ‘big game, big two points,’ and ‘keep shooting the puck,'” Ovechkin said, after hanging up the phone.
Video of the call, or one side of it at least, is here.
In case you missed them, here are all four of Ovechkin’s goals.