WASHINGTON (AP) Alex Ovechkin is heating up down the stretch for the NHL-leading Washington Capitals.
Ovechkin has two goals and two assists over his past four games, all Capitals victories as they try to lock up home-ice advantage throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Russian superstar on Saturday became just the third player in league history to score 30-plus goals in each of his first 12 seasons, joining Mike Gartner and Wayne Gretzky, a testament to his consistency and value to Washington.
"I think he's pretty casual with some of the greatness, the stuff he's done," coach Barry Trotz said after a 4-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday. "Alex has been a great player in the league and has been consistent in that one area that he's fantastic at."