Comrade of the Night-Evgeni Malkin

Thursday night saw five different Russian NHL’ers light the lamp for their respective teams. While they were all important to the teams involved, one players performance stood slightly higher than the rest. Heading into Thursday’s match-up against the Rangers, Evgeni Malkin and the Penguins were coming off an embarrassing loss at the hands of the Islanders in the ever competitive Atlantic Division. Just 1:27 into the game, Simon Despres found Malkin with a pass near the far right circle which the 26-year-old center rocketed past Henrik Lundqvist’s 5-hole.
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Ovechkin scores 500th career point

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On Thursday night, Washington Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin earned his 500th career point in grand fashion against the New York Rangers.

With his team down 5-3 in the dying moments of the second period the winger raced up the left side of the ice and simply undressed defenseman Michal Rozsival by slipping the puck between his legs recovering it and then beating Henrik Lundqvist with a one-handed, left-handed shot.

Ovie becomes the fastest player since Eric Lindros to reach the 500 point plateau doing so in just 373 games and just the ninth to do so in his first five seasons. The goal would give the momentum back to the Caps who would eventually re-take the lead and secure their 12th straight victory.

With two goals and an assist Ovechkin now leads the NHL in goals (38), points (80), and plus/minus (37). Since being named captain the Capitals have gone 15-1-0 and have scored four or more goals in every game but two. Their 12-game winning streak sets the new Washington Capitals franchise record.