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Caps Today, 4/3/15

Today’s Storyline

Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scored two goals on Thursday at Montreal. Ovechkin’s first goal on Thursday marked his 473rd career goal, passing Peter Bondra (472) for first place on the Capitals franchise goals list. Ovechkin scored his 472nd goal in his 755th career game, reaching the milestone in 206 games fewer than Bondra (961). Ovechkin now holds the Capitals franchise record in goals (474), points (893), power-play goals (175), game-winning goals (80), overtime goals (15), shots (3,813) and multi-goal games (100). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Ovechkin joins Patrick Marleau (San Jose) and Patrik Elias (New Jersey) as the only active NHL players who are the career leader in goals for their current team.

In addition, Thursday marked Ovechkin’s League-leading 15th multi-goal game of 2014-15 and his 100th career multi-goal game. Ovechkin’s 15 multi-goal games this season mark his career-high and sets a Capitals franchise record. Since Ovechkin entered the NHL in 2005-06, Jarome Iginla (66) is the only player who is within 40 of Ovechkin’s multi-goal-game total. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Ovechkin (756) needed the sixth-fewest games in NHL history to reach 100 multi-goal performances, trailing Wayne Gretzky (452), Mike Bossy (553), Mario Lemieux (553), Brett Hull (561) and Jari Kurri (685).

Thursday also marked Ovechkin’s 16th career multi-power-play goal game and his second of the season (11/26 at NYI). The Moscow native ranks first among active players in career multi-power-play goal games and his 24 power-play goals this season ties his career-high and Capitals franchise record, set last season. Ovechkin leads the NHL in power-play goals (24), goals (52), game-winning goals (11) and shots (378) this season and ranks tied for second in points (79).

Must Read/See/Hear Material

Dump ’n Chase: Caps Come Back to Topple Habs in Shootout

Monumental Network: Barry Trotz Postgame / John Carlson Postgame / Braden Holtby Postgame / Alex Ovechkin Postgame / Joel Ward Postgame

Washington Post: Another milestone for Ovechkin as Capitals beat Canadiens in shootout, 5-4 / Capitals Insider: Postgame: In MVP-worthy performance, Ovechkin bags another franchise record

CSN Washington: Ovechkin, Trotz hit milestones in Caps shootout win over Canadiens

NHL: Ovechkin scores twice, Capitals top Canadiens / Capitals’ success this season is a team effort

Associated Press: Brouwer’s shootout goal leads Capitals pasts Canadiens, 5-4

CBC: NHL: 4 stories from Thursday night

ESPN: Trotz has lit a fire under Ovechkin

Globe and Mail: Ovechkin gets the better of Price as Caps edge Habs in shootout

La Presse: Barry Trotz: “Alex met de la pression sur Carey Price”

Montreal Gazette: Habs’ efforts fall short in loss to Capitals / Habs game report: Capitals edge Canadiens 5-4 in shootout / Electrifying Ovechkin dazzles Bell Centre fans

Montreal Journal: Ovechkin fait mouche

NBC Sports: Ovechkin becomes Capitals’ all-time franchise goals leader / Barry Trotz is NHL’s 13th 600-game winning coach

Sporting News: Alex Ovechkin sets Capitals franchise record for goals

TVA Sports: “C’est un grand accomplissement” - Ovechkin

WNST: Ovechkin nets two in Caps shootout victory

Yahoo Sports: Alex Ovechkin now Capitals all-time goals leader, schools Canadiens

Capitals Voice: The ultimate Alex Ovechkin montage / Ovechkin stands alone, as Washington’s all-time goal scoring leader

Ted’s Take: Great April Fool’s Day Joke Here / Step Function Excellence / Boxing is Back on NBC

Japers’ Rink: Friday Caps Clips / Recap: A Shootout Showdown Win for the Caps, 5-4

Recent Transactions

April 2: Recalled Dmitry Orlov from Hershey (AHL)

March 31: Signed Travis Boyd to a two-year, entry-level contract