Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 40th goal for the Washington Capitals in a 5-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Sunday. It is the 10th season he has scored at least 40 goals, joining Wayne Gretzky (12), Mario Lemieux (10) and Marcel Dionne (10) as the only NHL players to do so.
It is the second straight season Ovechkin has scored at least 40 and the fifth time in the past six seasons. His NHL career high is 65 he set in 2007-08.
Last season, Ovechkin scored 49 goals but did not reach the 40-goal mark until his 65th game on March 3. This season, he accomplished the feat in 58 games (0.69 goals per game).
With 10 more goals, Ovechkin could become the third player in NHL history to score at least 50 goals eight times, joining Gretzky and Mike Bossy, who each did it nine times.
Miller is No. 1
Ducks goalie Ryan Miller earned his 375th NHL victory against the Capitals to set the NHL record for wins by a U.S.-born goalie. He tied John Vanbiesbrouck with a win against the Capitals on Dec. 2 but had been sidelined with a knee injury since Dec. 9.
The 38-year-old is 375-270-80 with one tie in 748 games with the Buffalo Sabres, St. Louis Blues, Vancouver Canucks and Ducks. He has won at least 40 games in a season twice (41 in 2009-10; 40 in 2006-07) and at least 30 five more times in the NHL.
In 11 games this season (eight starts), Miller is 5-2-1 with a 2.64 goals-against average and .922 save percentage.
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Binnington, Tarasenko lead Blues to 10th straight victory
The Blues tied the longest winning streak in their history with a 4-0 victory against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center.
St. Louis, which also won 10 straight games from Jan. 3-23, 2002, tied the Sabres (Nov. 8-27) for the longest streak in the NHL this season.
It was also the third straight shutout for the Blues, the fifth time in their history they have accomplished that and the first time since posting four consecutive shutouts from March 19-26, 2016. Rookie goalie Jordan Binnington made 31 saves against the Wild after making 21 saves in a 4-0 win against the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday. Jake Allen made 32 saves in a 3-0 win against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.
Binnington earned his eighth straight victory, passing Brent Johnson for the longest winning streak by a rookie in Blues history. The shutout was his fourth, tying the record by a Blues rookie in a season.
Binnington also joined Antti Niemi of the Montreal Canadiens as the only goalies to get four shutouts in his first 14 NHL games in the League's modern era (since 1943-44).
Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko had a goal and two assists against the Wild to extend his point streak to 12 games (11 goals, 11 assists). Tarasenko, who has 51 points (26 goals, 25 assists) in 57 games, also surpassed 400 points for his career (204 goals, 197 assists).