Aleksandr Ovetjkin scored another hat trick in his career last night.
And to anyone who doubts he can beat Wayne Gretzky’s goal record, he has a message.
– The answer is that I do not listen to that bullshit, says “Ovi”.
When Ovetchkin signed a five-year contract last summer, critics were once again heard whispering.
Can’t he keep this level for another five years?
Soon the body must say stop and the league will be too fast for the 36-year-old?
So far no one was able to send in the perfect solution, which is not strange.
Last night, Ovetchkin became the oldest player in Washington Capitals history to make a hat trick, his 28th in his career, when the club beat Florida 4-3 in overtime.
The secret behind the success is simple if you are to believe him yourself.
– If I have the chance to shoot, I shoot. If I have the chance to fit, I fit.
Ovetchkin now has 149 goals up to Gretzky’s record (894) and is just one away from touching Dave Andreychuk’s powerplay record (274).
And teammate Yevgeny Kuznetsov can only state that the historical notes have become commonplace.
– It has only become normal for us.
However, Ovetchkin was not the only Russian scorer to be on the move tonight.
Kirill Kaprizov made sure to invite the home crowd to the show when his Minnesota defeated Winnipeg 7-1.
Kaprizov scored one goal and played until three more in the crush.
For Swedish dell, Jonas Brodin could write up an assist point.
To continue on the theme of Russians, Andrei Vasilyevsky made sure to nail it again when Tampa Bay hosted Seattle.
The goalkeeper stopped all 17 shots he encountered and helped his team to a 3-0 victory.
Victor Hedmna conceded an assist in the match.
The Swedes of the Columbus Blue Jackets were, to say the least, involved in the night’s beating of Vancouver.
Gustav Nyquist opened the scoring in the match when he hit a puck in boxplay and would also play until another goal.
In addition, Adam Boqvist scored his second goal of the season after picking up a return at the box office.
There was also a Swedish points party in Nashville.
In the home team, Filip Forsberg passed to a goal when they defeated New Jersey 4-2.
For the guests, Andreas Johnsson could be attributed a goal and an assist, while Jesper Bratt was involved in the former.
Another Swede who improved on his points statistics was Victor Olofsson.
The 26-year-old was booked for two assists when his Buffalo beat Montreal 4-1.
The victory broke a four-match losing streak for the Sabers.
Chicago managed to turn a 0-2 deficit and come back and win against visiting St. Loui.
The big hero was Alex Debrincat who put the decision in overtime.
It’s going hard for Philadelphia right now.
Last night came the fifth straight loss after Carolina took home a goal-scoring event with 6-3.
Sebastian Aho scored two goals in the match and Jesper Fast found the net for the sixth time this year.
But it could be worse – just ask the New York Islanders.
Against Pittsburgh, the club suffered its eighth straight loss and was also zeroed.
Instead, it was only the penguins’ Kasperi Kapanen who managed to put one in Pittsurgh’s 1-0 victory.
And now the situation is starting to get serious for the Islanders, who have slipped behind a lot and have eight points up to the nearest competitor in the Metropolitan Division.
It’s more fun for the Dallas Stars.
During the night, the green-clad team secured the third straight victory after convincingly defeating visiting Colorado 4-1.
Joe Pavelski slammed two bags and both John Klingberg and Gabriel Landeskog each took home passing points in the match.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are also having fun on the ice right now. During the night, they took the third straight victory when they defeated San Jose with 4-1 away.
One of the heroes was William Nylander who scored the 1-0 goal and the Swede was also involved and played until John Tavare’s 4-1 goal.
Timothy Liljegren also ended up in the points record with an assist.
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