Around the NHL - Nov. 6
Here's the biggest news from around the NHL this week.
Ovechkin Sets Goal Record
Alex Ovechkin breaks the league record for most goals with one team on Nov. 5.
Ovechkin’s 787th goal came against the Arizona Coyotes on a slapshot in the second period. After scoring, he smiled and threw his hands up in the air in celebration.
Previously, Gordie Howe held the record at 786 in 25 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings.
This is Ovechkin’s 18th season in the NHL, all of which he’s played with the Washington Capitals.
So far this season, Ovechkin leads the team with seven goals and 11 points.
Looking ahead, the next record to break is all-time goals scored. Wayne Gretzky holds the record at 894 over the course of 22 seasons. Ovechkin is 107 away.
Global Series recap: Avalanche and Blue Jackets in Finland
The NHL Global Series kicked off over the weekend as the Colorado Avalanche and Columbus Blue Jackets traveled to Finland to hit the ice.
The Avalanche came away with a two-game sweep, winning Friday’s game 6-3 and Saturday’s 5-1.
Wingers Mikko Rantanen and Artturi Lehkonen were the stars for Colorado, both are native Finns who were idolized during the series by fans in their home country.
Rantanen totaled three goals and two assists over the series, and Lehkonen put the first goal on the board on Nov. 5.
Additionally, center Nathan McKinnon had a standout series with seven assists in Finland.
The big players simply didn’t show up for Columbus. Johnny Gaudreau only had one point, and captain Boone Jenner had a goal and an assist. Unfortunately, that didn’t cut it for an opposing red-hot Avalanche offense.
McDavid set to play in 500th Game
Connor McDavid is expected to play in his 500th league game on Monday when the Edmonton Oilers face the Capitals.
The captain has totaled 251 goals and 470 assists over eight seasons. He’s been awarded the Art Ross Trophy four times, the Ted Lindsay Award three times, and the Hart Trophy twice.
Additionally, he’s been named an NHL First All-Star four times and a Second All-Star once.
The Ottawa Senators announced the process to sell the team began Nov. 4.
However, no matter who buys the team, the plan is to stay in Ottawa.
The Senators had been under ownership of the Melnyk family since 2003. After its owner, Eugene Melnyk, passed away earlier this year, his two daughters had been a part of a group overseeing the team.
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