Ovechkin, Kopitar And Luongo Tie Or Surpass Greats In Big Night

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

As the NHL schedule goes, Monday night was business as usual across the board.

With just four games on the slate, though, there was plenty of history made by three of the league’s legends in the making.

First, Washington sniper-par-excellence Alex Ovechkin tied Hall of Famer Maurice “Rocket” Richard in career goals with his 544th snipe in a 4-1 win over Montreal. It was his 19th of the season and also the 999th point of his career in 879 games.

OV trails only Jarome Iginla (616 goals) and Jaromir Jagr (756) among active players and is tied for 29th, all-time.

Meanwhile, Los Angeles Kings’ reigning Selke Trophy winner Anze Kopitar surpassed Wayne Gretzky in all-time goals for the Kings, firing the 247th of his career in the Kings 6-4 win over Dallas Monday. That marker put him sixth on the franchise’s all-time list, though it took him 800 games to Gretzky’s 539 contests to score 246.

Lastly, Florida netminder Roberto Luongo passed the legendary Terry Sawchuk for all-time wins, recording the 448th of his career, in a 3-0 shutout of New Jersey.

That victory puts Bobby Lu into fifth place all by himself and the shutout was the 73rd of his career (which is 11th most all-time).

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