ARLINGTON, Va. - Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has been named the NHL's "First Star" for the week ending Oct. 8, the NHL announced today.
Video: Player Performance of the Week: Alex Ovechkin
Ovechkin led the League in goals and points (7-0-0) as the Capitals opened the season with two victories. On Oct. 5, Ovechkin notched his 18th career hat trick in a 5-4 shootout victory over the Ottawa Senators. Two nights later he matched a career high by scoring four times in a 6-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens. With hat tricks in each of the Capitals' first two games, Ovechkin became the fourth player in NHL history and first since 1917-18 to record hat tricks in each of his team's first two games of a season. His seven goals give the Moscow, Russia, native 565 for his career, good for 22nd on the all-time list of NHL regular-season goal scorers.