- The Washington Times - Monday, January 23, 2006

Alex Ovechkin’s week started with him laying on his back in Phoenix, a position from which he scored a goal in a Washington Capitals win. It ended Saturday night with another Washington victory, this one over Carolina, the No.1 team in the NHL at the time.

For his efforts in three games, all Capitals victories, Ovechkin was named the NHL’s offensive player of the week. It was the second time this month the outstanding rookie has been honored by the league. He also was named rookie of the month for December.

The left wing had two goals and an assist against the Coyotes, including what is now simply referred to as “the goal,” which has been viewed more than 111,000 times on the team Web site; he had a goal and an assist plus a shootout goal that doesn’t count in personal totals in a win over St. Louis, and finished with two assists against the Hurricanes.

Going into last night’s games, Ovechkin was seventh in the league in scoring with 62 points; he was second in goal-scoring with 33 (two behind leader Ilya Kovalchuk), first with 19 power play goals, eighth in power play points (28) and second in game-deciding shootout goals with three.

In rookie competition, he was the leader in virtually all offensive categories.

Among his teammates, Ovechkin’s dominance is staggering. His 33 goals are more than the totals for the next three goal-scorers for the Caps; his 62 points are more than double the next Cap’s totals; and his 13 power play strikes are more than the next three Washington contributors combined.

Meanwhile, Washington defenseman Lawrence Nycholat, playing in Hershey this season, was named American Hockey League player of the week. Nycholat had three goals and seven points in three Hershey wins including a sweep of first-place Portland.

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