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Ovechkin Named NHL First Star of the Week

The Caps Captain tallied eight goals in three games

by Washington Capitals @capitals /

NEW YORK (Jan. 20, 2020) - Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin , Columbus Blue Jacketsgoaltender Elvis Merzlikins and Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Jan. 19.


Ovechkin led all skaters in goals and tied for second in points with 8-0-8 in three games, including three multi-goal performances highlighted by back-to-back hat tricks for the third time in his career, to propel the League-leading Capitals (33-11-5, 71 points) to a perfect 3-0-0 week. He opened the week with a pair of goals in a 2-0 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes Jan. 13 to bump his career goal total to 686 and surpassTeemu Selanne into 11th place on the NHL's all-time list. Ovechkin then rattled off back-to-back hat tricks in a 5-2 win over the New Jersey Devils Jan. 16 and a 6-4 triumph over the New York Islanders Jan. 18 - marking the first time in his career he has scored multiple goals in three straight outings. In addition to Selanne, the 34-year-old native of Moscow, Russia, also passed Mario Lemieux (690) and moved into a tie with Steve Yzerman (692) for ninth on the all-time goals list while moving within eight markers of becoming the eighth member of the NHL's 700-goal club. 

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