The Russian superstar scored his second consecutive hat trick Saturday during the Washington Capitals' game against the New York Islanders; in the process, he passed one legend (Mario Lemieux) and tied another (Steve Yzerman) for ninth place on the list with 692 goals.
Ovechkin's 690th and 691st career goals were scored against island goalkeeper Semyon Varlamov. This revenge game had it all and Ovechkin overcame a first period high-sticking to the face non call, came back in the game and wound up scoring three goals. He then tied Yzerman by capping Washington's comeback with an empty-net goal with less than a minute remaining.
Ovechkin would score later from a spectacular pass from Tom Wilson to cap off the 5-2 win.
Ovechkin recorded his 26th career hat trick and posted a hat trick for the second straight game. Washington took a 5-4 lead when Jakub Vrana put a wrist shot from the right circle into the net following a NY turnover with 2 1/2 minutes left.
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Through 49 games this season, Ovechkin has recorded 34 goals and 50 points.
Braden Holtby #70 of the Washington Capitals warms up before a game against the New Jersey Devils at Capital One Arena on January 16, 2020 in Washington, DC.
Washington goaltender Braden Holtby allowed four goals for the fifth time in his last seven starts and made 18 saves before being pulled. His next goal, which could fall against the Nashville Predators on January 29, will give him ninth place. Brock Nelson, Casey Cizikas, Jordan Eberle and Devon Toews scored for the Islanders.