Capitals' Alex Ovechkin scores twice to pass Mark Messier in career goals

Tanya Simon
February 4, 2020

That total moves the Russian winger ahead of Hall-of-Famer Mark Messier for eighth place on the all-time list. 2-0 was the score after one with the Caps leading in shots 16-5. His 695 goals have come in 1,135 career games.

TJ Oshie, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Carl Hagelin had the other Capitals goals.

"He was on, he was sharp, he was ready to go".

Pittsburgh made life hard on rookie Capitals goaltender Ilya Samsonov, who allowed goals to Sam Lafferty, Hornqvist, Simon and Brandon Tanev on 33 shots.

Elvis Merzlikins stopped 27 shots as the Blue Jackets earned at least one point for the eighth straight game.

Chris Tierney, Chabot and Artem Anisimov scored for the Senators.

Capitals: 7-3-0, averaging four goals, 6.1 assists, 3.2 penalties and 7.2 penalty minutes while giving up 2.7 goals per game with a.901 save percentage.

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The Senators got on the board after Tierney scored shorthanded at 7:15 of the second period to cut Washington's lead to 2-1.

Ovechkin ripped a shot from the right circle over a blocker at 10 minutes, 27 seconds of the second period to make it 3-1 and tie Messier.

The goal was Ovechkin's 37 of the season, tying him for the league lead with Boston Bruins' forward David Pastrnak.

"We showed some resiliency for sure", said Ottawa coach DJ Smith. I thought we hung (Hogberg) out to dry in the first, but in saying that, they're a really good team. It was Hagelin's fourth goal of the season.

"You can see how my linemates and my whole team played tonight; every time they had a chance to find me out there, they tried to do it".

Anisimov scored on the power play, pulling the Senators to within one just over a minute later, but the late push wasn't enough.

Sam Lafferty, Patric Hornqvist, Dominik Simon and Brandon Tanev each scored a goal as the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Washington Capitals 4-3 Sunday.

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