NHL’s First Star of the Month – Alex Ovechkin
Alex Ovechkin entered his 17th season in the NHL this year at the age of 36. After signing a five year extension in the summer, he has come out on fire to start this season.
The NHL announced Tuesday the three stars of the month for October. Ovechkin highlighted the list at number 1, followed by Connor McDavid (Edmonton), and Frederik Andersen (Carolina). Ovechkin led the league in goals (9) and is second in the league in points (15).
The Great Eight had an eight game point streak that ended during Monday night’s loss in Tampa Bay. Prior to that, he had recorded nine goals in just eight games, and helped mark the first time in franchise history that the Capitals completed October without a regulation loss. Ovechkin now sits two goals shy of tying Brett Hull for fourth place on the all-time goal list.
When Ovechkin signed his five year extension in the summer, the question was whether or not he would have the gas to compete. I would say, at least so far this year, he has silenced those doubters. Hopefully he can continue to perform at this high level, and maybe one day make a run at Wayne Gretzky’s record.