The Philadelphia Flyers had more shots blocked or miss the net — a combined 25 — than they put on goal (19) in their 4-3 loss Thursday in Toronto.
Meanwhile, a shot machine named Alex Ovechkin became the all-time shots leader in NHL history Thursday during the Washington Capitals’ 3-2 overtime win in Ottawa.
Ovechkin had six shots, giving him 6,211 for his career and passing Ray Bourque (6,209 ). The NHL started counting shots in the 1959-60 season.
For the fourth straight game, Ovechkin, 37, failed to score a goal and remained one behind Gordie Howe (801 goals) for second place on the all-time NHL list. The Great 8, however, did contribute two primary assists.
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Philly Hockey Now: The Flyers equaled a career-low with 19 shots, but still were competitive before falling in Toronto, 4-3. My five observations on the odd game. Philadelphia Flyers.
Montreal Hockey Now: Marco D’Amico, our draft expert in Montreal, wrote a piece on how the 2017 NHL draft would look today if it was redone. Cale Makar went from his real draft spot (No. 4) to No. 1. Jason Robertson went from No. 39 to No. 2. Nolan Patrick, whose career stalled because of injuries, wasn’t in the revised first round. Owen Tippett, who went No. 10 to Florida in 2017 and is now with the Flyers, was No. 14 in the redo. Check out Marco’s entire first round. Montreal Canadiens.
Detroit Hockey Now: Bob Duff wrote an interesting story on Gordie Howe’s kids comparing their legendary father to Ovechkin. Detroit Red Wings.
Washington Hockey Now: Ovechkin set the shots record and was named the No. 1 star in the Caps’ OT win in Ottawa. Washington Capitals.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: The Carolina Hurricanes, leaders in the Metro, have the Penguins’ number. They defeated the host Pens in overtime, 4-3, and have won all three games vs. Pittsburgh this season. The Penguins have won just once in their last seven games (1-3-3) against the Canes. Pittsburgh Penguins.
New York Islanders Hockey Now: Concerns are growing on the Isles’ injury front. New York Islanders.
Boston Hockey Now: Colorado is still favored to win the Stanley Cup, but the Boston Bruins are closing the gap. Boston Bruins.