Ovechkin (COVID-19 protocols) will be unavailable for Washington's next four games after entering quarantine, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
While coach Peter Laviolette wouldn't commit to any of the four players under protocol returning as soon as available, it's hard to imagine Ovechkin being left out of the lineup if available. Through the first four games of the year, the Russian winger has tallied one goal on 13 shots and four assists. Without Ovechkin, Jakub Vrana will be the most likely player to jump up to the first line with Nicklas Backstrom and Tom Wilson.
Ovechkin was placed in the NHL's COVID-19 protocol Wednesday, Samantha Pell of The Washington Post reports.
Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov and Ilya Samsonov were all placed into the league's COVID-19 protocol. This doesn't mean that Ovechkin has tested positive for the virus, but he's at least being monitored as a possible close contact. The Capitals' next scheduled game is Friday against the Sabres. Ovechkin is trending in the wrong direction for that contest.
Ovechkin scored his first goal of the season and added an assist in Sunday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Penguins. He also had six shots and four hits.
Ovechkin banged home a loose puck on top of the crease to give Washington a 2-1 lead in the latter stages of the first period. He also drew the second assist on Nicklas Backstrom's power-play goal in the middle stanza. The 35-year-old is off to yet another fast start with four points through three games and shows no signs of slowing down after last year's 48-goal performance.
Ovechkin put up two assists in Thursday's 6-4 win over the Sabres.
Ovechkin remains a man on a mission to try to break the NHL goal record, but on Thursday, the sniper played disher instead. One of the apples came on the power play. Even at 35, Ovechkin remains a first-round fantasy talent and autoplay.
Ovechkin scored twice on four shots in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Islanders in Game 4. He added three hits and two PIM.
It was vintage Ovechkin in the latter half of the game. The future Hall of Famer unleashed a rocket of a one-timer on the power play in the second period, tying the game at 2-2. Then he beat Semyon Varlamov with a wrister from the right faceoff dot to give the Capitals the lead just under four minutes into the final frame. It might be too little, too late for Washington, which trails the series 3-1, but Ovechkin has busted out with four goals and an assist over the last three games.
Ovechkin scored both goals in Friday's 5-2 loss to the Islanders in Game 2.
An odd bounce in the first minute of the game came to Ovechkin, who used his backhand to beat Semyon Varlamov for the early lead. The superstar winger added another tally in the second, but his goals were the extent of the Capitals' offense. Those were his first two points in five playoff games, but he's added 22 shots on goal and 22 hits. Ovechkin will look to carry his newfound momentum into Sunday's Game 3.
Ovechkin was held off the scoresheet against the Flyers on Thursday and has no points in two games so far this postseason.
Ovie tied for the NHL lead with 48 goals in the regular season, but he has been largely been invisible so far. Sure, there's not much to play for in the round robin, but the Caps need more from their captain. They have just three goals in two games.
Ovechkin ended the 2019-20 regular season with 48 goals and 67 points in 68 games.
Ovechkin and Boston's David Pastrnak both finished with 48 goals and will share the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy for the season goal-scoring title. The 34-year-old is one of the greatest goal-scorers of all time with 706 career strikes on his resume, and though he was below a point-per-game pace and accumulated a paltry minus-12 rating, he should once again be one of the first wingers off the board when fantasy play resumes for the 2020-21 season.
Ovechkin and the Capitals learned Thursday the NHL announced that the 2019-20 season has been suspended until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In a statement released Thursday, commissioner Gary Bettman said "In light of ongoing developments resulting from the coronavirus, and after consulting with medical experts and convening a conference call of the Board of Governors, the National Hockey League is announcing today that it will pause the 2019-20 season beginning with tonight's games." Bettman went on to say "Our goal is to resume play as soon as it is appropriate and prudent so that we will be able to complete the season and award the Stanley Cup. Until then, we thank NHL fans for your patience and hope you stay healthy."
Ovechkin scored a goal and added an assist with six shots in Monday's 3-2 shootout loss to Buffalo.
Ovechkin scored a nifty goal off an offensive-zone faceoff to get the Capitals on the board early in the second period. He also drew the primary helper on Dmitry Orlov's game-tying goal just under 10 minutes later. The Washington captain has five goals in his last five games and needs to light the lamp two more times for his ninth 50-goal campaign.
Ovechkin scored twice on five shots in Thursday's 6-5 overtime loss to the Rangers.
Both of Ovechkin's tallies came in the third period, and the second goal tied the game with 43 seconds left. Ovechkin grabbing a share of the league goals lead with his 47th would be the top story of the game most of the time, but this night belonged to New York's Mika Zibanejad, who three-upped Ovechkin with a five-goal performance.
Ovechkin scored a pair of goals and dished an assist in Sunday's 4-3 win over the Wild.
The first of Ovechkin's two tallies came on the power play. The Russian winger is up to 45 goals, 63 points, 298 shots and 170 hits through 64 games this season. He's on pace to reach 50 scores for the ninth time in his career despite a somewhat diminished overall stat line.
Ovechkin scored a goal in a 4-3 shootout victory over the Jets on Tuesday.
The 34-year-old went five straight games without scoring once he was closing in on 700 career goals, but Ovechkin is back on track now with three goals in his last four games. Even with the drought, he's only two goals behind the league leader and is on pace for another 50-goal campaign. Ovechkin has 43 goals and 60 points with a minus-13 rating in 62 games this season.
Ovechkin scored his 42nd goal of the season in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Devils.
He ripped the puck past Mackenzie Blackwood on a vintage Ovie one-timer early in the third period to tie the score at 2-2, but the Caps couldn't finish the job. Ovechkin is now one of eight players in NHL history with 700 career goals, and with nine more he'll move past former Capitals sniper Mike Gartner into seventh place on the all-time list.
Ovechkin scored a goal on six shots while tallying three hits in Thursday's 4-3 overtime loss to Montreal.
Ovechkin snapped his five-game scoring drought with a first-period tally Thursday, giving him 41 goals this season and 699 for his career. The 6-foot-3 winger has averaged 5.5 shots on goal over the last six games as he continues to chase down his latest milestone. He'll get another crack at No. 700 in New Jersey on Saturday.
Ovechkin scored three straight goals in the third period during Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Kings.
With the Caps down 2-1 just over six minutes remaining in the game, Ovechkin -- who didn't even have a shot on net to that point -- got to work, beating Jonathan Quick twice in a 70-second span before capping his evening with an empty-net tally. The future Hall of Famer has now reached 40 goals in a season for the 11th time thanks to a ridiculous stretch that has seen him light the lamp 16 times in his last 10 games. Ovechkin sits just two goals shy of 700 for his illustrious career.
Ovechkin scored two goals on 11 shots on net in a 5-3 victory over the Senators on Friday.
The "Great 8" is on quite a scoring spree, as he has multiple goals in four of the last five games. Since Jan. 7, Ovechkin has 13 goals in eight contests, including 11 in the past five games. With his two goals Friday, he moved past Mark Messier for eighth on the NHL's all-time goals list. He could be on his way to another Rocket Richard Trophy with 37 goals and 54 points in 51 games this season, though David Pastrnak (37 goals) and Auston Matthews (36) are keeping pace with the prolific sniper.
Ovechkin scored a goal and had a power-play assist in Wednesday's 5-4 loss to Nashville.
The Great Eight sits in sole possession of ninth place on the all-time goals list with 693. Ovechkin passed Steve Yzerman with his 35th marker of 2019-20 before drawing the secondary assist on Tom Wilson's power-play goal midway through the second period. Ultimately, Ovi and the Caps were outscored 2-0 over the game's final 20 minutes, but Washington's captain has scored nine goals in four games.
Per Samantha Pell of The Washington Post, Ovechkin has opted to skip the All-Star Game, which means he'll have to serve a one-game suspension Monday against Montreal.
At this stage in his career, Ovechkin is far more concerned about being healthy and well rested for the second half of the season than participating in the meaningless All-Star Game, but he'll have to accept a league-mandated one-game suspension as a result. The 34-year-old sniper will have to watch Monday's matchup with Montreal from the press box, but he'll be back in the lineup against the Predators on Wednesday.
Ovechkin scored three goals in Saturday's 6-4 win over the Islanders.
He opened the scoring midway through the first period, then potted two more in the third as the Caps rallied from a 4-1 deficit. Amazingly, Ovie found twine with his only three shots on the afternoon, but amazing feats are nothing new for the future Hall of Famer -- he's recorded hat tricks in back-to-back games and lit the lamp 10 times in his last six contests, and the surge has moved him into a tie with Steve Yzerman for ninth place on the NHL's all-time goal-scoring list at 692. Next up: Mark Messier in eighth with 694.
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