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Ovechkin scores twice, Capitals beat Rangers 5-1 in season opener

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Ovechkin scores twice, Capitals beat Rangers 5-1 in season opener

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Oct 14
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Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scored his 731st and 732nd goals in the NHL during his team’s season opener, which helped secure a 5-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Wednesday night.

Those two goals placed the 36-year-old past Marcel Dionne for the fifth position on the NHL’s all-time goals list.

“Yeah, just trying to do my job,” Ovechkin said.

When asked whether climbing the all-time list adds any motivation, he replied, “I just enjoy my time (playing).”

The next targets for Ovechkin is to surpass Brett Hull (741) and Jaromir Jagr (766).

NHL Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky tops the list with 894 goals. He has said multiple times before that he hopes Ovechkin, now in his 17th season, can play long enough to break his record.

“I think it would be great for the game,” Gretzky said on the NHL on TNT prior to the Capitals’ opener against the Rangers. “So that’s why I think if Alex can stay healthy, I think it’s great for the game if he breaks the record because he is the greatest goalscorer that we’ve ever seen — because it’s harder to score today than it was 30, 40, 50 years ago.”

Wednesday night was also a special occasion for Capitals rookie Hendrix Lapierre, the team’s first-round pick in 2020, who scored his first NHL goal in his first NHL game.

Washington head coach Peter Laviolette, who began 2021-22 season as his 20th season as an NHL coach, was happy with how his team started the season.

“It’s not one guy winning,” said Laviolette of Ovechkin. “It’s a team that wins. So I think about that. It seems like every night we’re acknowledging him for something or he’s passing somebody by or he’s doing something special. Tonight’s a real big accomplishment.”

The Capitals will host the defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning at Capital One Arena on Saturday night.

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