Alex Ovechkin could have very easily been held out of the Washington Capitals’ contest against the New York Rangers on Wednesday night. As a game-time decision, the veteran might not have had the opportunity to go out and make history on what was just the second night of the NHL season. Instead, he shook off any pain he might have had and scored twice to move his name up to #5 on the all-time scoring charts. Those two goals from the 36-year-old helped his team win 5-1 on home ice, and it gave him 732 career goals from 1,198 games played. Ovechkin also racked up two assists in the victory, showing how much he still means to the team despite his advancing age.
In another action on the evening, Connor McDavid had two assists for the Edmonton Oilers as they held their nerve to win a shootout over the Vancouver Canucks. The 3-2 win kick starts their campaign as they seek to finally get out of the first round of the playoffs for the first time since the 2016-17 season. In another all-Canadian showdown, the Toronto Maple Leafs won 2-1 over the Montreal Canadiens thanks to an early third-period goal from William Nylander. They also have Jack Campbell to thank, as the goaltender made 31 saves in the outing, giving them the platform to take the win. Last season’s top scorer for the entire NHL, Auston Matthews, sat out the opener with a wrist injury, too, so they still have weapons to use later when the games get more important.