NEW YORK - Washington Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin was named the NHL's first star of the week Monday after recording seven points in three games
As of today Ovechkin is on pace for 63 goals according to TSN.CA.
Update from NHL.com: Jan 2, 2008, 9:17 AM EST
As good as Alex Ovechkin has been in his first two NHL seasons, he’s taking his play to a whole new level the third time around.
Ovechkin had 52 goals as a rookie and 46 in his second season, but is well on his way to blowing past both those marks. His four-goal night in Washington’s 8-6 victory in Ottawa Saturday was the biggest of his career, and he’s rung up nine points in the Caps’ first four games after Christmas, a big reason that Washington has gone 3-0-1 coming out of the holiday break.
The only thing that slowed Ovechkin at all last week was a cut in his thigh that kept him out of the third period Thursday against Pittsburgh. He needed stitches, but went out and had a career night against the Senators in Ottawa, then added two assists against the Senators at home Tuesday.
At the pace he’s on, Ovechkin would surpass 60 goals for the season and break the 100-point mark for the second time. And here’s the scariest thought for opposing goaltenders: He’s still just 22, so he’s going to get better.