Ovechkin ties NHL record for 30-goal season in Capitals loss to Flyers

WASHINGTON — Alex Ovechkin tied the NHL record for most 30-goal seasons in the Washington Capitals’ 3-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers at Capital One Arena on Saturday.

Ovechkin tied Mike Gartner by reaching the milestone for the seventeenth time, scoring with a backhand on a rebound in entrance to tie it 1-1 at 17:56 of the primary interval.

Darcy Kuemper made 22 saves for the Capitals (23-16-6), who’ve misplaced three of 4.

“I feel the final two video games we have not been ourselves. So, that’s one thing we have now to change,” Capitals middle Nicklas Backstrom stated. “We had the puck so much, we had good possession, however it’s about scoring targets. We’ve received to create extra. We’ve received to rating extra targets.”

Video: PHI@WSH: Ovi ties Gartner with seventeenth 30-goal season

Carter Hart made 39 saves, together with 19 in the third interval, and Scott Laughton had a objective and an help for the Flyers (18-18-7), who swept the home-and-home set and are 7-1-0 in their previous eight video games. They received 5-3 at Philadelphia on Wednesday.

“On our heels in the third interval. That’s when Carter simply steps up large time,” Philadelphia coach John Tortorella stated. “But it is a good crew win for us. We did some actually good issues in the primary two intervals. … And then Carter took over the sport in the third.”

The Flyers had been 3-for-3 on the penalty kill and went 1-for-3 on the facility play.

“We’ve been on a superb run right here,” the Philadelphia ahead stated James van Riemsdyk stated. “I feel we’re constructing confidence with what we’re attempting to do.”

Video: PHI@WSH: Laughton deflects shot house on energy play

Laughton gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead on the facility play at 13:16 of the primary when he redirected Tony DeAngelo‘s shot.

Ovechkin tied it after his preliminary shot was blocked by a Philadelphia defenseman Nick Seeler.

Ovechkin has scored no less than 30 targets in all however certainly one of his 18 NHL seasons; he scored 24 targets in 45 video games in 2020-21, when the League performed a 56-game schedule due to considerations surrounding the coronavirus. Gartner scored no less than 30 targets in 17 of his 19 seasons earlier than retiring in 1998.

Van Riemsdyk put the Flyers forward 2-1 at 4:51 of the second interval.

Kuemper performed the puck behind the online, and Morgan Frost intercepted it alongside the left boards. Frost fed Owen Tippettwho skated into the left face-off circle and handed throughout the slot to a wide-open van Riemsdyk, who shot into an open internet.

“We had been late getting again in the zone, and when that occurs it simply received stretched out for a second,” Capitals coach Peter Laviolette stated. “We’re normally fairly tight coming again. I believed that we might’ve accomplished a greater job of simply getting again in the direction of the highest of the home and perhaps get a stick on that [puck] because it got here throughout the ice.”

Video: PHI@WSH: Tippett, van Riemsdyk crew up for objective

Wade Allison took a move from Kevin Hayes and scored by way of visitors from the slot at 5:40 for the 3-1 closing.

“Timely targets,” Tortorella stated. “Some grinding with ‘Ally’s’ objective. That’s a giant objective. I believed we had been defending the puck properly. No one explicit factor [tonight]. I simply thought we performed properly as a crew.”

Washington outshot Philadelphia 19-9 in the third interval.

“I really feel like we’re getting to the offensive zone,” Capitals ahead Tom Wilson stated, “however once we are there, that’s once we’ve received to make the following play, and we’ve not been doing that.”

Notes: Laughton has 18 factors (eight targets, 10 assists) in his previous 18 video games. … Flyers ahead Travis Konecny had his 10-game level streak finish. … DeAngelo has 11 factors (three targets, eight assists) in his previous 10 video games. … Ovechkin grew to become the fifth participant in NHL historical past to rating 400 targets at house (Wayne Gretzky, 492; Gordie Howe, 449; Jaromir Jagr, 411; Gartner, 401). Ovechkin, who has 410 street targets, grew to become the second participant to rating 400 at house and on the street. Gretzky had 402 on the street. … Capitals middle Nic Dowd led all gamers with 9 hits.

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