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Video: Alex Ovechkin pushes goals total to 30 in win

Apr 20, 2013, 11:10 PM EDT

Alex Ovechkin padded his goal-scoring lead (and helped his Washington Capitals fatten their own Southeast Division lead) with tallies 29 and 30 of the 2013 season in a 5-1 win against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.

Here’s goal No. 29:

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Now enjoy No. 30:

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That victory gives the Capitals 52 points with three games remaining, three more points than the Winnipeg Jets (who also have three more games left). The Caps face an opportunity to clinch the division when they play against Winnipeg on Tuesday.

In case you’re wondering how Ovechkin’s 30 goals in 45 games might translate to an 82-game season, he’s on pace for 55 goals (OK, 54.67). Steven Stamkos remains in second place with 27 goals and four games remaining.

Want to watch some of the game’s biggest moments? Watch the full highlights:

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  1. eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 20, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    He is the Hart Trophy winner !

  2. ravenscaps48 - Apr 20, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    He’ll lead the league in goals. He’ll pass Crosby in points. He single handedly led this team to a potential division championship. What more does he have to do to win the Hart?

  3. live4hockey - Apr 20, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Imagine what he could have done had he shown up for the first half of the season…

    • wethog66 - Apr 21, 2013 at 2:40 AM

      Imagine what he could of done if he, and the rest of the Caps, had a full offseason and training camp to learn Oates new system and a new position.

      People conveniently leave that fact out when they say OV didn’t show up for the 1st half of the season. I wonder why that is?

      • live4hockey - Apr 21, 2013 at 1:19 PM

        It’s because he didn’t show up the 2 years prior to that as well…Let’s see if he can keep it up first and not be Houdini and disappear again. Credit Oates if you like…I am more apt to believe it has more to do with Backstrom’s play than anything else.

      • wethog66 - Apr 21, 2013 at 4:45 PM

        The defensive systems employed by HC’s for the Caps (BB and DFH) also played a roll in OV’s 2 year slump. Regardless, OV deserved whatever negative press he got those 2 years, but my point is learning a new system and a new position played a roll in OV’s slow start this season. Simply saying OV “disappeared” earlier this season is not gonna cut it.

        Also, sure OV’s production is helped by being on a line with Nicky. OV is a wing. Wings are at their best when they have a good center men passing him the puck.

  4. malkinrulez - Apr 20, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    And it only took Crosby missing a month to pass him in points

    • bethgoesglobal - Apr 21, 2013 at 4:30 AM

      Can you imagine what everyone’s points totals would be if we had to stop taking count every time Crosby was out!! The world does not stop when Crosby gets hurt- it’s no excuse. There’s something to be said for durability.

  5. ludacrish05 - Apr 20, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Image what he will do next year with Oates

  6. mclovinhockey - Apr 21, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    The deadly AO may be back…. If its the same guy as before the Sid AO match pretty much goes like this.

    Speed- AO
    Physical play-AO
    O- AO
    D- Sid
    Leader- Sid
    Better team- Sid

    Just my opinion.

    • chadc84 - Apr 21, 2013 at 1:14 AM

      Vision- Sid
      Being Clutch- Sid
      Physical play and shot I will give to Ovi
      To say Ovi wins offense in general is absurd, Sid has not had a slump that compares to what happened to Ovi over the last 2 years, up until 25 games ago, and has produced at over 1.3 points per game, if not higher, for all of his career
      Lets not forget 27 G and 24 A in during a 25 game point streak

      • bethgoesglobal - Apr 21, 2013 at 4:53 AM

        The “being clutch” category is awfully debatable (I guess they all are but…). Ovi has a shed-load of OT winners, and when you’ve spent obscene amounts of time on the IR list you don’t see nearly as many “clutch play” opportunities. Sid certainly wasn’t a “clutch” player during last years playoffs now was he.

        I think we need to just stop comparing the two players. They are so different in essentially every aspect that it’s like comparing a pineapple to a peach. They’re both fruits and grow on trees but that’s about it.

      • prosportswashington - Apr 21, 2013 at 10:38 AM

        Crosby cannot match Ovi’s physicality…and it also doesn’t hurt that the Penguins are like an All-star team this year

  7. blomfeld - Apr 21, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    *** this message is intended for fans of the reigning Stanley Cup Champions only ***

    PSSST ! …

    and like, what a joke eh ? … here our man Carter already has 24 x goals scored in the “dynamic” Western Conference, yet these PHT “brassieres” are trying to make some big deal out of Ovi “shooting hapless fish in a barrel” by scoring 30 x goals in the “meek” Eastern Conference? … now normally I love PHT and it’s writers … but on this one, O’Brien’s gone seriously sideways ? … regardless, we’re back in action tomorrow night friends, seeking another two points in our quest to overtake those quacks from Orange County … and this time I predict we win by a touchdown ! :)

    GO KINGS GO !!!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. malkinrulez - Apr 21, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    Last time I checked a golden goal is about as clutch as it gets

  9. rockthered1286 - Apr 21, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    In regards to overall offense, I totally agree giving it to Ovi. The case can be made that Crosby allegedly makes the players around him better (despite the fact that he has more talent around him without question), but if you drop the puck on Ovi’s stick he’s far more capable of running from end to end and putting it in the net, where Crosby does not have the same stick work or speed. Can he do it? Sure. But I’ve always felt Crosby’s game relies more on setting up the shot and putting a sweet pass on a stick, or getting good position in from of the net. Ovi creates his own scoring chances and that is what makes him better overall on the offense.

  10. malkinrulez - Apr 21, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Wasn’t Ovie called a one trick pony by Caps fans? Were actually discussing trading him. I said Ovies game would come around and of course it has. Ovie is a great player lets leave it at that and perhaps have some patience next time he has a goal drought.

  11. dcdiehard82 - Apr 21, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Lets be real here, Sid is the best player in the NHL (when healthy)……here’s the thing he can’t stay healthy. Ovi on the other hand may have had a two year slump yet he remained healthy throughout, from what I’m seeing now he could surpass Sid if he continues to enhance his game behind the great coaching of Oats. Ovi+Oats= MVP, HEART, STANLEY

  12. watermelon1 - Apr 21, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    SAVE SOME FOR THE PLAYOFFS, OVI! The longer we get to see shots of Maria Kirilenko in the stands, the better off this world is!

  13. blackfoot11 - Apr 21, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    Great bounce back win. All lines are playing well, the PK is much improved, and the PP continues to sting the opposition. Lets wrap up the division on Tuesday. Go Caps!

  14. vikesfansteve - Apr 21, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    Gretzky once had 61 goals in 50 games to put this season in perspective.

  15. indianhead1992 - Apr 21, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    OV has turned it on when his team needed someone to score. I give OV a lot of credit of what he has accomplished. but Sid should not be in the Hart race because of his durability issue. Patrick Kane and OV are the two finalist and OV is going to win it because
    1) he is in the eastern conference
    2) he helped his team with the playoff push and is goinf to win the rocket as well.

    But on the counter patrick kane is just as worthy if not more then OV.
    1) Kane has had many clutch goals and assists.
    2) still producing a lot of points even though the Hawks knew they were in the playoffs since early Feb.
    3) the injuries the hawks have had and he has stepped up.
    4) a part of a team that set an NHL record and will probably win the presidents trophy.
    Kane deserves it more I believe but its up to the NHL to decide.

    Toews won the Selke I know that much.

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