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Around the League notebook for Tuesday, Nov. 4

Wednesday, 11.05.2014 / 1:43 AM / News

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Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin's first of two assists (WATCH ) against Calgary gave him sole possession of first place on the franchise's all-time points list (428-399—826), surpassing Peter Bondra. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is one of 10 active players to hold a franchise scoring record. Of those 10 players, only five hold their current club's record: Ovechkin, Minnesota's Mikko Koivu (455 points), New Jersey's Patrik Elias (989), San Jose's Patrick Marleau (943) and Vancouver's Henrik Sedin (856).

"Congratulations to Alex Ovechkin on the outstanding achievement of becoming the leading scorer in Washington Capitals history,” said Wayne Gretzky. “He's a tremendous talent with many great years and achievements ahead of him."

* Ovechkin reached the milestone in his 691st career game, 270 fewer than Bondra (472-353—825 in 961 GP). He ranks ninth on the franchise list in games played.


Canadiens head to Buffalo seeking answers to slump

Wednesday, 11.05.2014 / 12:30 AM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

MONTREAL -- Ten days.

That is all it has taken for the Montreal Canadiens to go from being the toast of the NHL, a team sitting pretty with a 7-1-0 record, to one getting booed in its own building.

The Canadiens have won once since defeating the New York Rangers 3-1 on Oct. 25, a five-game span that has seen Montreal get outscored 18-6, with the exclamation point being laid down by the Chicago Blackhawks in a 5-0 win at Bell Centre on Tuesday.

The Canadiens are 1-3-1 in the 10 days since that win against the Rangers, and what appeared to be a promising start to the season has gone seriously sideways in a hurry.

"Nothing's working for us," center Tomas Plekanec said Tuesday. "I mean, I thought we played hard in the first period, we put pucks to the net. We need to take a step back. We have to stay positive as much as possible and we've got to fight through it.

"We've got to help ourselves, somehow."


Ovechkin becomes Capitals' all-time leading scorer

Tuesday, 11.04.2014 / 11:08 PM / News

Forward Alex Ovechkin became the leading scorer in Washington Capitals history with a first-period assist against the Calgary Flames at Verizon Center on Tuesday.

The assist on a goal by Nicklas Backstrom 10:18 into the period gave Ovechkin his 826th point, breaking a tie with Peter Bondra.

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