ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has been named the NHL’s “Second Star” for the week ending Jan. 4, the NHL announced today.
Ovechkin recorded two points (one goal, one assist) in each of his three games last week, totaling six points (three goals, three assists) to lead the Capitals (20-11-7, 47 points) to five out of a possible six standings points. He helped the team erase a three-goal, third-period deficit in an eventual 4-3 overtime loss to the New York Islanders on Dec. 29, scoring the tying goal with 2:41 left in the third period. Ovechkin then powered the Capitals to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Jan. 1, picking up the primary assist on Troy Brouwer’s game-winning marker with 12.9 seconds remaining in regulation. The Capitals captain closed the week with his third straight multi-point performance – the first time he has achieved that feat since March 21-24, 2013 – in a 4-3 triumph over the Florida Panthers on Jan. 4. Ovechkin has earned 13 points in his last 12 games (12/9-1/4: 7g, 6a) and leads the NHL in shots (186), ranks tied for fourth in power-play goals (8), tied for fifth in game-winning goals (5) and tied for sixth in the League in goals (19).