ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin has been named the NHL’s “Third Star” for the week ending April 10, the NHL announced today.
Ovechkin led the NHL with five goals in three games, including his 50th of the season, to help the Capitals (56-18-8, 120 points) close their Presidents’ Trophy-winning campaign. Ovechkin scored twice against the New York Islanders on April 5 and capped the season with his 15th career hat trick, as well as his 50th goal, in a 5-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on April 9. Ovechkin is the first player to record a hat trick in the same game he reached his 50th goal of the season since Corey Perry on April 6, 2011. In addition, this marked the second time Ovechkin has reached the 50-goal plateau by recording a hat trick (March 3, 2008 vs. Boston: three goals, two assists). The Moscow native captured his fourth consecutive and sixth career Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy this season and became the third player in NHL history to total seven or more 50-goal campaigns, joining Mike Bossy (9) and Wayne Gretzky (9). He is one of 14 players in NHL history to score 50 goals in three consecutive seasons (2007-10) and the first player in NHL history to score 50 goals in three consecutive seasons twice (2007-10, 2013-16).