Ice hockey: Alex Ovechkin scores his 800th NHL goal


Ice HockeyAlex Ovechkin scores his 800th NHL goal

The Russian from Washington became the third player in the history of the North American professional league to reach this milestone.

Alex Ovechkin here against Connor Murphy in the third period at the United Center in Chicago.

Alex Ovechkin here against Connor Murphy in the third period at the United Center in Chicago.

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Alex Ovechkin (37) reached the plateau of 800 goals in the regular season of the NHL championship, where twelve games were played overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday. In the 1305th game of a career that began in 2005 with Washington, the Capitals’ Russian left winger scored a hat-trick at the United Center in Chicago where the team coached by Peter Laviolette won 3-7 .

The Caps No. 8 thus became the third player to enter the circle of men who lit the lamp 800 times in the more than century-old North American league. He joined Gordie Howe (801) and Wayne Gretzky (894) there.

The question now is whether Alex Ovechkin will be able to dethrone Wayne Gretzky, whose record has long been considered unattainable.

The round was less flashy for the Swiss players, who did not panic the statistics.

Akira Schmid solid but beaten

In its Prudential Center, New Jersey, which was in action for the second time in 24 hours, bowed to Dallas by conceding the last two goals in an empty net (1-4). Solid between the posts of the Devils, the Bernese Akira Schmid (22) made 93.3% of saves while the Valais center player Nico Hischier (23) experienced a rare evening of silence and worries during bets gambling (36.4% gain only). As for Zurich defender Jonas Siegenthaler (25), he returned a card of -1 during the 17’23 » spent on the playing area.

Columbus lost 4-0 at the FLA Live Arena in Sunrise against Florida in a 17’35 » with Zurich fullback Tim Berni (22), which caused two turnovers.

20 painful minutes for Fiala

At the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, Los Angeles had a painful third period. With the score tied and goalless after 40 minutes, the Sabers hit the target six times between the 42nd and 59th minutes to win 6-0. Kings St. Gallen left winger Kevin Fiala (26) made four shots, spent two minutes in jail and returned to the locker room with a neutral differential.

Two assists for Josi

In its Bridgestone Arena, Nashville tasted the medicine of the Edmonton duo Connor McDavid (4 points) and Leon Draisaitl (5 points) who guided the Oilers to victory (6-3). The Bernese defender of the Predators Roman Josi (32 years old) was credited with two assists while the Graubünden winger Nino Niederreiter (30 years old), his teammate, did not register on the score.

Meier defeats Moser

At Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Zurich center Pius Suter (26) skated for 14’10 » with the Red Wings, beaten on the smallest score by Carolina (0-1).

At the SAP Center in San Jose, Appenzell winger for the Sharks Timo Meier (26) did not leave a trace on the scoreboard in the victory against Arizona (3-2).

Bernese Coyotes fullback Janis Moser (22) finished the game with a -2 differential.

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