WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin became the leading scorer in Capitals’ history, raising his career point total to 827 with a pair of assists in Washington’s 4-3 overtime loss to the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night.
Sean Monahan scored the winning goal for Calgary at 4:17 of the extra period after the Flames tied it late in regulation.
Washington has lost five straight since winning at Calgary on Oct. 25.
Ovechkin moved atop the scoring list when his shot from the left point was deflected by Nicklas Backstrom through the legs of goalie Jonas Hiller at 10:18 of the first period.
That broke a tie with Peter Bondra, who stood and cheered from the owner’s box as Ovechkin raised his arms in triumph.
Bondra needed 961 games to reach 825 points; Ovechkin was playing in his 691st game.
“I am happy for Alex. It is well-deserved,” Bondra said after the second period. “It was a matter of time, actually.”
Moments after Ovechkin reached the milestone, the scoreboard showed a montage of his memorable moments in a Capitals uniform. As the sellout crowd chanted “Ovie! Ovie!” he waved to acknowledge the ovation.
The 29-year-old Ovechkin, a native of Moscow, has 428 goals and 399 assists. He has eight goals and nine assists in 10 career games against Calgary.
His second assist came at 14:23 of the second period, when Joel Ward scored during a two-man advantage to make it 3-2.
Calgary tied it at 14:50 of the third period when a clearing attempt on a shot by Markus Granlund went off the skate of Washington’s Troy Brouwer and into the net.
Ovechkin’s initial assist enabled Washington to pull even at 1, but the Flames regained the lead at 11:20 of the second period on Mark Giordano’s team-leading sixth goal. Giordano gained possession in the left circle, deked Tom Wilson and moved inside before beating Braden Holtby with a backhander.
Washington tied it with a fluke goal. After Marcus Johansson charged into the Calgary zone and fired the puck off the back boards, the ricochet bounced off Miller’s skate and into the net.
The Capitals outshot Calgary 13-10 in a first period highlighted by Ovechkin’s record-breaking assist.
Minutes after inadvertently diving into his own bench while trying to apply a check, the Flames’ Lance Bouma stuffed in the rebound of a shot by Kris Russell at 9:09.
Backstrom tied it with his third goal of the season. But the focus was on Ovechkin, who skated in front of his bench to exchange high-fives down the line, an exercise usually reserved for the goal scorer.
NOTES: Capitals D Karl Alzner played in his 306th consecutive game, tying Dale Hunter for the fifth-longest streak in franchise history. … Capitals C Brooks Laich missed a seventh straight game with an injured shoulder. … Hiller has won six of his last seven starts, the exception a loss in a shootout. … Calgary has outscored the opposition 17-7 in the third period.
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