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GOTTA SEE IT: Ovechkin Finally Gets First Goal Of Season On Strange Play



WASHINGTON — Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin raised his arms in relief, kissing his glove as he celebrated his first goal of the season while “Shake, Rattle and Roll” blared through Capital One Arena.

Ovechkin, who had gone the first three games of the season without a goal, finally got on the scoresheet on Monday, fittingly against Bruce Boudreau‘s Vancouver Canucks. And it came on a rather strange play.

On an early power play, Ovechkin tried to pass the puck up to T.J. Oshie in front, but it missed Oshie’s stick and went off Thatcher Demko’s pad. The Canucks starter then kicked the puck into his own net, securing a one-goal lead for the Capitals. Marcus Johansson and Dylan Strome recorded the assists.

Here is the tally:

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Ovechkin now has 781 career goals. He sits 19 away from 800, 21 from passing Gordie Howe and 115 from breaking Wayne Gretzky’s all-time record. He is also now five goals away from passing Howe for the most goals of all time with one franchise.