NHL Scores: Alex Ovechkin scores twice to climb goal list, Jets hand Flames another loss, and more

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Mar 26, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) celebrates after scoring a goal against the New Jersey Devils during the first period at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

The Capitals greatest goal scorer of all-time continues his climb up the list. Alex Ovechkin scored two beauties in Washington’s 4-0 washout of the Devils and is now 8 behind Marcel Dionne for fifth all-time in goals.

NHL Scores: Ovechkin scores goals 722 and 723

A remarkable fact this season regarding Ovechkin’s moving up the chart is the fact he’s done most of the damage this month. He meandered through the season with only 7 goals up until March. However, he has 10 goals this month in 12 games. A feat his teammates have noticed.

“I think he took it to heart when everybody was saying he had a bad start. He’s probably the hottest guy in the League right now. It seems like every shot he takes is dangerous, and it’s just amazing how many opportunities he’s able to get and how many goals he’s able to score.”

Connor Sheary, NHL.com

For the Caps the win moves them back into a tie for first place with the Islanders at 48 points. Washington holds a game in hand and are also considered buyers at the upcoming NHL Trade Deadline.

NHL Scores: Flames free-fall as Jets hand them 4th straight loss

The Flames are struggling now as they’ve lost four in a row. To makes matters worse, they are playing the soaring Jets two more times after last night’s 3-2 loss. Kyle Connor scored his 17th of the season and Connor Hellebuyck made 25 stops to power the Jets back into a first place tie with the Maple Leafs.

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Mar 26, 2021; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Winnipeg Jets left wing Kyle Connor (center) celebrates his goal with teammates against the Calgary Flames during the second period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Calgary remains four points back of Montreal for the last playoff spot. Not bad until you realize the Habs have four games in hand and just added Eric Staal via trade for depth.

“The urgency is there when we’re down a goal, but you have to have the strength and the mental toughness to always play through that,” Flames coach Darryl Sutter said.

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Remaining Games

  • Ducks defeated the Blues 4-1 as John Gibson stops 33
  • Phil Kessel scored in his 1100th game as the Coyotes beat the Sharks 5-2