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Caps Today, 1/3/18

January 3, 2018
Alex Ovechkin scored the game-tying goal in the third period and followed it with the overtime winner to give the Capitals, who sit in first place in the Metropolitan Division with 53 points in 41 games, a 5-4 win on Tuesday at PNC Arena. 

Ovechkin’s two goals marked his 25 th and 26 th of the season, which leads the NHL. Ovechkin became the fourth player in NHL history to score 25 or more goals in each of his first 13 seasons, joining Jaromir Jagr (17 seasons), Mike Gartner (15 seasons) and Wayne Gretzky (13 seasons). Ovechkin’s overtime winner marked his 584 th-career goal, which passed Gretzky (Oilers) for sixth all-time in goals scored by players with a single franchise. Since Entering the NHL in the 2005-06 season, Ovechkin’s 584 goals are 188 more than Sidney Crosby’s total of 396, which is the second-most total during that time frame. Additionally, Ovechkin became the first player in franchise history to record 100 game-winning goals, making him one of just nine players in NHL history to reach the mark. Currently, Ovechkin sits two game-winning goals away from Jarome Iginla for sole possession of eighth place in NHL history. Ovechkin’s overtime goal was his third of the season, matching his single season high set in the 2010-11 and 2013-14 seasons. 

In addition, Ovechkin’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes was his 962 nd as a Capital, passing Peter Bondra for the second-most games played in franchise history

2018 IIHF World Junior Championship

Capitals prospect Axel Jonsson-Fjallby recorded 13:07 of ice time in Team Sweden’s quarterfinal 3-2 win over Slovakia. Jonsson-Fjallby and Sweden will now face Team USA tomorrow at 8 p.m. Tobias Geisser and Team Switzerland were eliminated in the quarterfinal after an 8-2 loss to Team Canada.


This Day in Capitals History:

Jan. 3, 1997: Olie Kolzig made 22 saves to earn the first of his franchise-record 35 shutouts as the Capitals beat the Phoenix Coyotes 3-0 at US Airways Arena. Chris Simon opened the scoring 2:22 into the first period, while Michal Pivonka and Peter Bondra chipped in with a goal and an assist each. 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'



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

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


Must Read/See/Hear Material

Dump ‘n Chase: Overtime is Ovechkin Time / SKATE SHAVINGS: News and Notes from Caps' Morning Skate

Washington Post: Alex Ovechkin finds more late-game magic to lift Capitals past Hurricanes in OT / Devante Smith-Pelly has evolved from question mark to unexpected bargain for the Capitals / D.C. Sports Bog Jay Beagle on the first-place Caps: ‘It’s nice to be able to kind of fly under the radar’

NBC Sports Washington: 3 stars of the game: Alex Ovechkin to the rescue in Carolina / 3 reasons the Caps beat the Hurricanes / Alex Ovechkin's big game Tuesday statistically puts him among NHL's all-time elite players Ovechkin scores twice, including in OT, to lift Capitals past Hurricanes

AP: Ovechkin’s 2nd goal leads Capitals past Hurricanes 5-4 in OT

CBS DC: Capitals’ Jay Beagle: Low Expectations ‘Nice For A Change’

News and Observer: Hurricanes beaten by Capitals in overtime 5-4

USA Today: NHL power rankings 7.0: Golden Knights are the real deal

WNST: Ovechkin’s Late Heroics Leads To Caps Win In Raleigh

Yahoo Sports: NHL Power Rankings: Panthers on a surprising run

Japer’s Rink: Wednesday Caps Clips: Raleigh Rally

TV/Audio Clips:

Washington Capitals: Caps Postgame Locker Room | Jan 2 / Caps 365 | January 2 / Barry Trotz Postgame | January 2 / Barry Trotz Pregame | January 2 / Stephenson Pregame | January 2