Ovechkin takes run at scoring lead
With two more points tonight against Toronto, Alex Ovechkin is only one back of Vinny Lecavalier for the overall scoring lead — and a couple of injuries have thinned the race recently.
Sidney Crosby's out of the running, sidelined for six to eight weeks, and Henrik Zetterberg's back woes have hindered him as well. Lecavalier has just three points in his last eight games, while Ovechkin's been the league's most prolific scorer over the last month.
Also in the Art Ross hunt are Jarome Iginla, Ilya Kovalchuk and Daniel Alfredsson (ed note: Alfie's now in the lead, one point up on Lecavalier, after a seven-point night against Tampa).
What's more for Washington in the trophy chase, however, is the fact that rookie Nicklas Backstrom is making a serious run in the Calder Trophy race, and coach Bruce Boudreau's 17-8-4 start as an NHL head coach may put him in the running for the Jack Adams by season's end.
With 32 games to go, the Capitals are now on pace to win the Southeast.
Washington will finish with 93 points if they can keep up this post-Hanlon pace.
UPDATE As noted above, Alfredsson's big night changed things around a bit, and Ovechkin's actually two back of the Senators captain for the overall scoring lead.
How long has it been since we've had a seven-point game?
UPDATE "From the Elias Sports Bureau: Ottawa's Daniel Alfredsson set a career high and an Ottawa franchise record with seven points (three goals, four assists) in the Senators' 8-4 win at Tampa Bay. It was the most points in one game by an NHL player since Jan. 11, 2003, when Jaromir Jagr scored seven points (three goals, four assists) for the Washington Capitals in a 12-2 win over Florida, and the most points by one player in a road game since Feb. 26, 1997, when Eric Lindros had one goal and six assists for the Philadelphia Flyers at Ottawa.
"Besides Alfredsson, the only active players to have scored seven points in an NHL game are Jagr (1999 with Pittsburgh and 2003 with Washington) and Mats Sundin (1992 with Quebec)."