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NHL: Alexander Ovechkin breaks Wayne Gretzky record

NHL: Alexander Ovechkin breaks Wayne Gretzky record


It may not be the record he covets so much, but Alexander Ovechkin passed a Wayne Gretzky mark on Tuesday in Washington.

L Capitals forward tried to get the puck to Dylan Strome in the first period against the Columbus Blue Jackets, but his pass deflected off defenseman Nick Blankenburg's skate and ended up in the net.

< p>By the same token, the number 8 reached the 40-goal plateau for the 13th time in his career, eclipsing the mark previously established by “the Marvel”.

Ovechkin scored 40 goals and 69 points in 66 games so far in 2022-2023. He will still have to hit the target 74 times to join Gretzky and his 894 goals, the first in the history of the Bettman circuit.

After this feat by the great “Ovi”, the Capitals however collapsed at the end of the game, losing 7-6 in overtime.

Down 5-3, the Blue Jackets struck three times in the third third. Jack Roslovic then silenced Capital One Arena with his second goal of the game, in extra time.

Emil Bemstrom, Adam Boqvist (twice) and Eric Robinson were the other scorers for the Ohio team.

Defender Nick Jensen scored twice for the “Caps” in a losing cause. T.J. Oshie, Conor Sheary and Sonny Milano also pierced Daniil Tarasov's armor.

Leafs humiliated by Islanders

At UBS Arena, the New York Islanders took off in the third period and thrashed the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-2.

Since he left the team that had drafted him to get along with the Leafs, at the opening of the free agent market in 2018, John Tavares has been the public enemy number 1 of the supporters of the “Isles”. He seemed to be affected by the boos in today's duel as he was cleared from the scoresheet and posted a -3 differential in 16:23. game.

The sturdy Cal Clutterbuck was the unexpected hero of Lane Lambert's troupe. He scored two goals and added an assist, bringing his tally to 11 small points since the start of the campaign.

Simon Holmstrom, Noah Dobson and Anders Lee also sparked the red light in that fateful third period for the Maple Leafs. Zach Parise and Hudson Fasching rounded out the scoring.

Sam Lafferty and Mitch Marner saved Toronto's honor by beating Ilya Sorokin.

The Russian goalkeeper also submitted his candidacy for the save of the year award, in the first period, by frustrating Erik Gustafsson with a miraculous save from the stick.

Encore Ullmark< /strong>

Revelation of the year in the National Hockey League, Linus Ullmark once again demonstrated that he was the leader of the race for the Vézina Trophy by helping the Boston Bruins to frustrate the Ottawa Senators in a 2-1 victory.

Leader of the circuit for wins, rate of efficiency and the goals against average, the Swedish goalkeeper muzzled the “Sens” by making 40 saves.

Striker Dylan Gambrell rounded the net with speed to deceive his vigilance after 8 min 55 s. of play…but it was the only moment of celebration for D.J. Smith's troupe at TD Garden.

Veteran David Krejci responded less than three minutes later by rushing a return throw . Only minutes passed before Jake DeBrusk grabbed a perfect throw from Brad Marchand to demystify Mads Sogaard.

The 'Sens' directed no less than 21 shots at Ullmark's goal in the middle period , but without success.

This is a fourth consecutive victory for the Bruins.

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