GAME HIGHS: Goals: 1 / Assists: 2 / Points: 2 ... HAT TRICKS: 0 / MULTI-PT GAMES: 9
CAREER: In 1st year of a 2-year contract...2013 Calder Cup champion with Grand Rapids, tying for AHL rookie lead in playoff scoring...Made his NHL debut on 4/7/12 vs. CHI.
2014-15: Recorded points in three straight games, 11/16-11/20...Notched 2 points (1-1-2) on 11/18 at CBJ...Tallied 1st goal of the season on 10/25 at PHI...Picked up assists in back-to-back games, 10/31-11/2.
OTHER: Had 64 points (20-44-64) in 114 games with Notre Dame Fighting Irish (2009-12)...Was a finalist for 2012 CCHA Best Defensive Forward Award, finishing 2nd to now-teammate Luke Glendening...Combined with Danny DeKeyser to give DET 2 rookies with 22+ points for the first time since 1991-92 (Nicklas Lidstrom, Vladimir Konstantinov).
You get the right the whistles at the right times, you can leave him out there. He's a beast when it comes to being on the ice. I thought [Saturday] he was a big man. That first period, he did that lateral cut and it was like three bowling pins bounced off him. There's not too many guys that can do that.
— Capitals coach Barry Trotz on Alex Ovechkin, who enters February tied for the NHL lead in goals