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Caps Today, 12/5/17

December 5, 2017
Caps captain Alex Ovechkin recorded his NHL-leading 20th goal of the season in the second period in last night’s 4-1 win against the San Jose Sharks. With that goal, Ovechkin passed Mark Recchi (577) for 20th place on the all-time goals list. Ovechkin recorded his 578th goal of his career in his 949th career game – 700 fewer games than Recchi, who recorded his 577th goal in his 1,649th game. Ovechkin is now 23 goals behind Jarri Kurri (601) for 19th in NHL history on the all-time goals list. 

Ovechkin became the first player this season to record his 20th goal, doing so in 28 games, the fourth-fewest games Ovechkin has recorded 20 goals in a single season. Per Elias Sports Bureau, that’s the second time in his career Ovechkin became the first player to reach the 20-goal mark in a single season (2013-14). Last season, Ovechkin scored his 20th goal on Jan. 11, 41 games into the season. Ovechkin has now recorded at least 20 goals in 13-straight seasons, tying the franchise record set by Peter Bondra from 1991-92 to 2003-04. Ovechkin became the 11th player in NHL history to record at least 20 goals per season in his first 13 seasons.

Additionally, Ovechkin recorded his 97th career game-winning goal, passing Mats Sundin (96) for sole possession of 11th on the NHL’s all-time list. Jaromir Jagr (135) and Patrick Marleau (103) are the only active skaters with more career game-winning tallies.

The Capitals return to Capital One Arena to host the Chicago Blackhawks tomorrow night at 8 p.m. Washington has gone 9-2-0 at home since November, and their 18 points at home during the time frame lead the NHL.


Tuesday, 8:15 a.m.: Madison Bowey on Elliot in the Morning, DC101

Tuesday, 8:40 a.m.: Matt Niskanen on 105.7 The Fan

Tuesday, 8:45 a.m.: Jay Beagle on The Sports Junkies, 106.7 The Fan

Wednesday, 8 a.m.: Barry Trotz on The Sports Junkies, 106.7 The Fan

Wednesday, 3:30 p.m.: John Carlson on Chad Dukes vs. The World, 106.7 The Fan

This Day in Caps History:

Dec. 5, 1997: The Capitals christened the MCI Center with a 3-2 overtime win over the Florida Panthers. More than 23 years after making their home debut at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland, the Capitals' opener at the MCI Center marked the first NHL game in D.C. Richard Zednik and Chris Simon scored in regulation for the Capitals, while Jeff Toms beat Florida’s John Vanbiesbrouck at 3:32 of overtime. Additional info on the Caps history and behind-the-scenes stories can be found in '100 Things Capitals Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die'

Must Read/See/Hear Material

Dump ‘n Chase: Caps Slay Sharks, 4-1

Washington Post: Capitals’ T.J. Oshie exits with ‘upper-body’ injury against San Jose Sharks / Alex Ovechkin powers Capitals to rare victory over Sharks / Capitals forward Andre Burakovsky on schedule to return to the lineup early next week

Washington Times: Ovechkin paces Caps over Sharks with 7th goal in 6 games / Andre Burakovsky nearing return for Capitals
NBC Sports Washington: Capitals win the game, but lose Oshie / 4 reasons why the Capitals beat the Sharks / Andre Burakovsky to begin practicing with team, when will he return to the lineup? / T.J. Oshie leaves game after taking awkward hit to the head from the butt of Joe Thornton Ovechkin moves up NHL goals list, Capitals top Sharks

AP: Alex Ovechkin moves to 20th on all-time goal list in Capitals win

NBC Sports Bay Area: Chippy game goes way of the Capitals, Sharks end roadtrip with loss

Sports Illustrated: Watch: Capitals' Evgeny Kuznetsov Fist-Bumps Himself After Brett Connolly's Goal

WNST: Grubauer and Ovechkin Help End Caps Drought vs. San Jose

WTOP: Capitals celebrate 20 seasons at downtown arena

Japer’s Rink: Tuesday Caps Clips: Schooling the Sharks

TV/Audio Clips:

Washington Capitals: Caps Postgame Locker Room Dec 4 / Barry Trotz Postgame | December 4 / Caps 365 | December 4 / Two-Man Advantage | December 4 / Barry Trotz Pregame | December 4 / Rinkside Update | Brett Connolly / Andre Burakovsky | December 4 / Travis Boyd | December 4

NBC Sports Washington: DSP talks team identity after win over the Sharks

ESPN: On Alex Ovechkin Hosting Cancer Survivor Alex Luey at the Capitals Game vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs (4 p.m.) / On Alex Ovechkin Hosting Cancer Survivor Alex Luey at the Capitals Game vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m.) / On Alex Ovechkin Hosting Cancer Survivor Alex Luey at the Capitals Game vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs (11 p.m.) / On Alex Ovechkin Hosting Cancer Survivor Alex Luey at the Capitals Game vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs (2 a.m.)

WJLA-TV ABC 7: On the Capitals MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Visit (11 p.m.)