Leave it to the Calgary Flames to spoil Alex Ovechkin's big night.
There's a sentence nobody expected to read this morning. Indeed, somehow the upstart Calgary Flames managed to steal the spotlight from Ovechkin on the night he entered his team's history books.
Ovechkin entered the evening needing just one point to pass Peter Bondra for the Washington Capitals' all-time points lead. He got it pretty quickly, assisting on Nicklas Backstrom's tip-in from the point for the first goal of the game. The Capitals and Ovechkin didn't dwell on it, but Bondra at least made a point to applaud the new Capitals king.
And then the Flames rallied to tie the game and eventually win in overtime. The weird couple of weeks in the NHL marches on.
All the NHL scores
Flames 4, Capitals 3 (OT)
3 Things We Learned
1. Jakub Voracek might be the best ginger on the Flyers. Shocking, right? Voracek continued his strong start to the season with two goals in Philadelphia's 4-1 win over Edmonton. For awhile on Tuesday, Voracek was the NHL's points leader with 18 until Sidney Crosby helped Pittsburgh light up Minnesota. With Claude Giroux's ascension to the NHL's elite, Voracek is often overlooked. But you'll be hard-pressed to find a more consistent offensive producer over the last few seasons, and it doesn't look like he'll be slowing down anytime soon.
2. If you're a Gatorade caddy, you don't want to be in the same penalty box as Antoine Roussel.
3. Calgary keeps finding ways to win. Calgary entered Tuesday's contest with Washington tied for the league lead in third period goals and struck gold late yet again when Markus Granlund slipped one by Braden Holtby to tie the game. Sean Monahan finished things off shortly after with an overtime goal that gave Calgary its third straight win. Just as the Stars were the surprise of the NHL last season, the Flames look poised to make huge strides this year.
A call late in the Penguins-Wild game had major ramifications for the game's outcome. The Wild were down two goals with minutes left in the third when Mikko Koivu appeared to backhand the puck into the net. The goal was immediately waved off. It initially appeared the referees were reviewing whether the puck crossed the net before Marcel Goc swatted it away with his glove. As it turns out, the play was nonreviewable due to goalie interference. Whether that call was correct probably depends on which state you're from.
Stat of the Night
It took Alex Ovechkin 691 games to reach 826 points. It took Peter Bondra, whom he passed, 961. #Caps— Adam Vingan (@AdamVingan) November 5, 2014
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Yes, the Sabres won. But the Red Wings had a controversial game-winner waved off in overtime.
The Blackhawks got so frustrated they started audibly cussing.