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ARLINGTON, Va. – Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin earned his 1,000th career point in his 880th NHL game on Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins, becoming the second-fastest active player to reach 1,000 points (Jaromir Jagr: 763 games) and the 24th-fastest player to record 1,000 points in NHL history. In addition, he is the 37th player in NHL history to record 1,000 points with one franchise and his 545 career goals are the second-most through a player’s first 1,000 points (Brett Hull: 560) in NHL history.
from Pat Caputo of the Oakland Press,
It was a seminal hockey moment.
Canadian winger Nicholas Roy moved in on American goalie Tyler Parsons, and attempted a variety of moves. Parsons didn’t budge, standing his ground. The puck eventually just slid off Roy’s stick and meekly into the pads of Parsons, who immediately leapt to his skates, ripped off his mask and raced toward center ice where he was mobbed by teammates.
Didn’t hear about this? Didn’t know Parsons is from Chesterfield Township? Haven’t figured out this was for the gold medal in the World Junior Championships? Ah, don’t really know exactly what the importance of the WJC in the hockey world? You’re not alone. The game was buried on the NHL Network. Hardly anyone, outside of genuinely hardcore fans in this country, noticed.
It’s a big, big deal in Canada, though. The WJC is viewed in Canada similar to the NCAA basketball tournament here, minus the office betting pools.
If the script had been flipped, Parsons, who stoned five straight Canadians in a shootout in Montreal, would have stood as the biggest sports hero in Canada. Yet, even in his home state, Parsons remains relatively unknown.
I’m convinced hockey is the most undervalued and underrated sport in this state, despite Detroit’s nickname, “Hockeytown,’’ and the Red Wings’ recent position among the NHL’s elite.
NEW YORK (Jan. 11, 2017) – The National Hockey League’s Centennial, the Los Angeles Kings’ 50th anniversary, previous NHL All-Star Games and the Hollywood setting all influenced the design of the jerseys that will be worn during the 2017 Honda NHL® All-Star Game at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 29.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
The man who will record his 1,000th point anytime now, the man who has been the catalyst for the growth of hockey in the American capital and far beyond throughout an 11-year career, has on this day given new meaning to the word casual.
Gray sweatpants, T-shirt and a gray hoodie might explain the lack of any kind of mob scene as I head to lunch with Alex Ovechkin near the Washington Capitals' practice facility.
It's not until near the end of lunch that there's a moment in this busy Italian restaurant that betrays the presence of the casually attired sports icon.
"Sick goal last night," the waiter quietly offers as the bill is paid, a reference to Ovechkin's trademark one-timer that had secured a win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Funny how over the course of 11 years the descriptions of Ovechkin have rarely changed. His exuberance, his zest for life, his refusal to let small things -- like not knowing a lick of English in the early days -- impede his being at the heart of, well, everything, have remained virtually constant. And if you want to know what Ovechkin has meant to this city, this franchise and this game, his enthusiasm is as good a place as any to start. And to finish.
Highlights from the seven NHL games played last night.
The game-winner by Calle Jarnkrok.
Home Team in Caps
BUFFALO 4, Philadelphia 1
CAROLINA 5, Columbus 3
Boston 5, ST. LOUIS 3
NASHVILLE 2, Vancouver 1 (OT)
CHICAGO 4, Detroit 3 (OT)
San Jose 5, EDMONTON 3
ANAHEIM 2, Dallas 0
LATE OVERTIME GOAL LIFTS PREDATORS OVER CANUCKS
The Canucks tied the game with 48.6 seconds remaining in regulation, but Calle Jarnkrokscored a shorthanded goal with 1.5 seconds left in overtime as the Predators snapped a six-game home losing streak (0-3-3).
* Elias notes that Jarnkrok became the first player in franchise history to score a shorthanded goal in overtime.
* Jarnkrok (4:58) also scored the latest overtime goal in franchise history, besting the mark of 4:44 by Andy Delmore on Jan. 7, 2003 vs. STL and Marek Zidlicky on Jan. 31, 2004 vs. SJS.
The rare 1 AM trade:
from Kim Bolan of the Vancouver Sun,
Vancouver Canucks winger Daniel Sedin unwittingly took a scenic helicopter trip last week with a longtime gangster who has served time in the U.S. for drug smuggling.
Anti-gang police warned the Canucks about the history of Edward (Skeeter) Russell after Postmedia News obtained a photo of Russell and Sedin that the convicted smuggler posted on social media last week.
“What’s better than watching Daniel Sedin live on the ice?? Flying him and his wife to a remote snowball fight, that’s what LOL,” Russell captioned his photo.
Staff Sgt. Lindsey Houghton of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit said that for the player’s safety, it was important to notify the team about Russell’s history....
It wasn’t the first time Canucks players had been on a helicopter trip with Russell in attendance. On Boxing Day, Bo Horvat and Sven Baertschi flew with Russell’s friend, pilot Bradley Friesen, to skate on a mountain lake and Russell tagged along in another helicopter.
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