Frozen Fantasy: Watching History
Frozen Fantasy: Watching History

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2020 has gotten off to a rough start. I'm not talking hockey; it's the rest of the world that's seen too many bad things. I won't list them. You know them all.

At least there's Ovie.

He's been a great escape from all that's bad. Friday night was no different.

Two goals. They put him past Mark Messier into eighth on the all-time list. And Sens' fans stood and roared.

That's class. For a class act.

The Great 8's January has been a month for the ages. And like I said, a welcome distraction. In case you missed it:

  • 13 goals in 10 games, tops in the NHL last month
  • 11 of those goals came on a five-game streak to end the month
  • Back-to-back hatties for the third time in his career (only two others have ever done that and just two – Ovie and Wayne Gretzky – have done it in the last 98 years)
  • Three straight multi-goal games
  • 15 points in January, good for fifth in the NHL
  • First Star (NHL) for the month

And Ovie passed four Hall-of-Famers on the all-time goals list in the process. Next up, Mike Gartner – he needs 13 to get to that Capital's 708.

And seventh-most in history.

Three more goals means he will have 11 seasons with at least 40 goals – only Gretzky (12) has done it before. In fact, Ovechkin is on track to be the second-fastest player ever to hit 700 goals.

He has 695.

Ovechkin is

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Janet Eagleson
Janet Eagleson is a seven-time Finalist and four-time winner of the Hockey Writer of the Year award from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. She is a lifelong Toronto Maple Leafs fan, loved the OHL London Knights when they were bad and cheers loudly for the Blackhawks, too. But her top passion? The World Junior Hockey Championships each and every year.
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