Friday night's big win against the Atlanta Thrashers set yet another round of records for some of the stars on this team - a spectacular ending in the second to last regular season game in a season that's been nothing short of phenomenal thus far. After accepting the franchise's first ever President's Trophy, Alex Ovechkin marked the occasion by tallying two goals, putting his regular season total at 50 and giving him the lead in the points and goals race. The Great8 now joins legends Wayne Gretzky and Mike Bossy as the only players to reach at least 50 goals in four of their first five NHL seasons. And the party didn't stop there - no sir! Ovi's best pal Nicklas Backstrom had an assist on one of Ovechkin's goals which gave Backstrom his 100th point on the season. The two snipers became the first two to ever record 100 point seasons in Capitals history!
So a huge Hockey Mom high five to both and to the team for a big win - a nice win streak to head into the post season boys! I'll be in the house tomorrow for the final regular season home game against the Bruins. The Eastern Conference playoff picture is still jumbled for those final spots as the New York Rangers beat Philadelphia last night. Go figure, uber-thug Dan Carcillo got a four-minute penalty giving the Rangers the opportunity for a power play goal.
In other hockey news and notes:
-Congrats to Kevin Aucoin of the Hershey Bears for being named the AHL's most valuable player! Nothing like a little depth on the Capital's most excellent farm team.
-HM loves hearing about the unbridled hockey passion of female Caps fans and this gal blows me away in the dedicated fan category. Check out the distance super-fan Melissa Allen goes to rock the red and cheer on her Caps as told in this interview with my pal DC Sports Chick over at On Frozen Blog!