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Alex Ovechkin wrote another chapter in his storied NHL career after scoring his 685th and 686th regular-season goals to pass Teemu Selanne (684) for 11th place on the League’s all-time list.

Artemi Panarin registered the Rangers’ second five-point performance in as many home games to propel New York to its fifth straight win at Madison Square Garden.

Travis Sanheim scored twice, including the game-tying goal, as the Flyers recorded the NHL’s 16th instance of a team overcoming a deficit of three or more goals to win in 2019-20.

Alex Ovechkin scored the 685th and 686th regular-season goals of his NHL career Monday to pass Teemu Selanne (684), who congratulated the Capitals forward on Twitter, for sole possession of 11th place on the League’s all-time list.


* Ovechkin sits 14 goals shy of becoming the eighth member of the NHL’s 700-goal club, with three Hall of Fame members – Mario Lemieux (690), Steve Yzerman (692) and Mark Messier (694) – standing between him and the illustrious group.


* Ovechkin needed 142 games to get from goal 600 to goal 686, matching Wayne Gretzky for the fewest contests to make that leap. Gretzky is the only member of the 700-goal club who needed fewer than 200 games to go from 600 to 700.

* Ovechkin scored the 109th game-winning goal of his NHL career to tie Brendan Shanahan for sixth place in League history. His 139th career multi-goal game also pulled him into a tie for sixth place on the League’s all-time list, equaling Marcel Dionne in this case.

* At his 2019-20 pace (0.60 G/GP), Ovechkin is on track to join the 700-goal club in his 70th game of the season. The NHL Stats & Information team will be tracking Ovechkin’s pursuit of 700 goals with a “By the Numbers” document each time he passes someone on the all-time list, with the first now available.

David Pastrnak’s League-leading 36th goal was one of five Bruins tallies Monday. The 23-year-old has a five-goal cushion on the League’s next-closest player (Auston Matthews: 31 w/ TOR) and eight more than Alex Ovechkin (28-16—44) - the NHL’s Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy-winner in six of the last seven seasons and eight times overall.

* Pastrnak is on pace to become just the second player in Bruins history to score at least 62 goals in a single season - Phil Esposito achieved the feat three times (76 in 1970-71, 68 in 1973-74 and 66 in 1971-72). A Boston skater has never captured the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy since its inception in 1998-99.


Artemi Panarin (2-3—5) posted his second career five-point performance and second by a Rangers player in as many home games (Tony DeAngelo: 3-2—5 on Jan. 9) to propel New York to its fifth straight win at Madison Square Garden. With 6-16—22 over his last nine games, Panarin (26-41—67) moved within four points of Connor McDavid (25-46—71) for the NHL’s scoring lead.

After DeAngelo and Panarin’s recent success respectively, the Rangers have had one skater collect at least five points in consecutive home games for the third time in franchise history. The others: Frank Boucher (2-3—5 on Dec. 12, 1929) and Fred Cook (3-2—5 on Dec. 17, 1929) as well as Jean Ratelle on Jan. 5, 1972 and Jan. 9, 1972.

* Panarin’s first career five-point performance came on Dec. 8, 2017 with the Blue Jackets (0-5—5), en route to matching franchise records for assists and points in a game. The 28-year-old forward also joined Eric Staal (Hurricanes and Wild) and Joe Thornton (Bruins and Sharks) as just the third active player to post five or more points in a contest with multiple teams.

Panarin also accomplished another franchise feat Monday. He joined Andy Bathgate (4 GP in 1961-62) as just the second player in Rangers history to record three or more points in four consecutive home games. Additionally, only two other players in the last 25 years have achieved the feat: Evgeni Malkin (5 GP in 2007-08 w/ PIT) and Peter Forsberg (5 GP in 2002-03 w/ COL and 4 GP in 2005-06 w/ PHI).


Travis Sanheim (2-0—2) scored the game-tying goal in the third period and Travis Konecny tallied the shootout-deciding marker as the Flyers recorded the 16th instance of a team overcoming a deficit of at least three goals to win in 2019-20.

* Philadelphia, which became the 13th different team to win after rallying from a three-goal deficit, accomplished the feat against the Atlantic Division-leading Bruins to leapfrog the idle Panthers (24-16-5, 53 points) into the Eastern Conference’s final Wild Card spot. Only two teams have registered multiple such victories in 2019-20: Florida (3) and Pittsburgh (2).


* The Flyers-Bruins matchup is no stranger to multi-goal comeback wins. The last time Philadelphia erased a three-goal deficit to defeat Boston was in Game 7 of the 2010 Eastern Conference Semifinals - when the Flyers rallied from a 3-0 first-period disadvantage to not only win the series but become the third team in NHL history to win a best-of-seven series after losing each of the first three games.



Four different players scored as the League-leading Blues (30-10-7, 67 points) captured their 30th win of 2019-20 and ninth straight home victory to match the longest such run in franchise history.

* St. Louis, which previously won nine consecutive home games from Jan. 26 – Feb. 26, 1991, will complete its five game homestand Wednesday when Philadelphia visits Enterprise Center. With another victory against the Flyers, the Blues can sweep a homestand of at least five games for the first time in franchise history.

* The 2019-20 campaign marked the fourth time in franchise history the Blues have secured their 30th win of a season in 47 contests or fewer. The others: 2013-14 (42 GP), 2000-01 (44 GP) and 2014-15 (47 GP).


Carey Price made 31 saves for his 46th career shutout, tying Ken Dryden (46) for third place on the all-time franchise list. The thirteen-year NHL veteran trails only George Hainsworth (75) and Jacques Plante (58) for most such performances in Canadiens history.


Andrei VasilevskiTony DeAngelo and Cam Talbot have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week
Andrei Vasilevskiy of Lightning named to Atlantic Division All-Star Game roster

Kris Letang of Penguins to captain Metropolitan Division at NHL All-Star Game

Alexis Lafreniere tops Central Scouting North American midterm NHL Draft ranking

NHL Scouting Combine to remain in Buffalo through 2022



information above was provided by the NHL PR department

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I think it’s more than reasonable to start talking about how likely it is Ovechkin takes down Gretzky’s career goals record.

At this point he’s 34 years old and he needs 208 more goals. He’s on pace for 20 more this year if he stays health. Assuming he plays until his age 39 season (five more seasons plus the rest of this one), he needs ~35-40 goals per year the rest of the way depending on how the rest of this season goes.

In his four and a half seasons as a 30-something, Ovechkin is scoring at a pace of more than 46 goals per season, and he’s only missed 3 games. Obviously we would expect him to decline a bit in the back half of his 30s; the question is how much.

It’s hard if not impossible to find comparables for Ovechkin; the best I could come up with is Brett Hull. His goals per game output from age 35-39 was about 70 percent of what it was at ages 30-34. If we assume Ovechkin declines at the same rate, and stays healthy, he’d be looking at about 32-33 goals per season over the next five years—close, but not close enough, at least to get there by his 40th birthday.

But there’s a ton of unknowns:

- Ovechkin could age better than Hull did (or worse).
- League scoring overall was lower in Hull’s late 30s than it was during his early 30s. For Ovechkin it may well be the opposite, if current trends hold.
- Ovechkin could play more than 5 more years if he stays healthy and productive. If he sticks it out until, say, 42 or 43 he would probably have the all-time record in the bag.

At this point it’d honestly call it a coin flip. Lots of things have to go right for Ovechkin to break Gretzky’s record, but at the same time if everything does go right he might not only break it but obliterate it.

Posted by Sven22 from Grand Rapids on 01/14/20 at 09:44 AM ET

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At this point it’d honestly call it a coin flip. Lots of things have to go right for Ovechkin to break Gretzky’s record, but at the same time if everything does go right he might not only break it but obliterate it.

Posted by Sven22 from Grand Rapids on 01/14/20 at 08:44 AM ET

However way you spin it, Sven, it’s still an astonishing rate.  Even Gretzky said that it is harder to score goals now than when he was playing.  Like him or not, Ovie is truly a spectacular player.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 01/15/20 at 04:14 PM ET

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