Alex Ovechkin has always had a flare for the dramatic.
Going into Monday’s game against the Montreal Canadiens, Ovechkin needed three points to reach 1,000 for his career and only one goal to tie Maurice “Rocket” Richard with 544 goals at 29th overall.
Scoring three points in the game, he nearly accomplished both, but alas, he’d only hit one major milestone tonight.
In front of the Montreal crowd and on the power play (of course), Ovechkin tied the legendary Richard’s record.
It feels apropos that Ovechkin would hit this milestone in Montreal where Richard spent his entire NHL career. The trophy that bears Richard’s name for the top goal scorer each season has been earned by Ovi a league high six times.
After a difficult start to the season, Evgeny Kuzentsov is finally back to the form we saw him in last year when he ended up tenth in NHL scoring.
Not only is he putting up points again, he’s doing it in style.
Case and point: Monday evening’s goal against Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens to give the Washington Capitals the 2-1 lead.
Alexander Radulov is attempting to get control of the puck when Kuznetsov swipes it from him. The Caps forward dangles around Jeff Petry and beats Carey Price.
GREAT ODIN’S RAVEN!
The goal stood as the game winner with the Caps eventually winning the game, 4-1.
There is one thing we know for sure about the hit above: Justin Williams got absolutely rocked by Cal Clutterbuck on Thursday night.
The contact between the two players was well after Williams seemed to have touched the puck. Yet the question that could be bandied about is whether or not Clutterbuck collided with Williams or went out of his way to hit him, especially when it comes to any supplemental discipline.
Williams appears to be caught puck watching as he turns it over at center ice. As he skates forward, Clutterbuck comes in and blasts him.
One of the few delights throughout the long NHL season is the Halloween parties teams have and seeing our favorite NHLers get creative with their costumes.
We dug around the interwebs to find as many players in costume this year at their team’s Halloween celebrations and they did not disappoint.
Without further ado, enjoy the gallery of ghouls and goblins from what is NHL Halloween 2016.