- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 3, 2006


The NHL finally is giving Washington Capitals rookie Alex Ovechkin some recognition for his offensive performance.

The league yesterday named Ovechkin offensive player of the week for the period ending Sunday. It is the first time the rookie has received a weekly or monthly honor. He was runner-up for rookie of the month in October.

The Caps went 1-2-1 during the past week with Ovechkin, who has scored a goal in six consecutive games, collecting goals and points in all four games. He has six goals and six assists in his last six games.

Ovechkin not only leads all rookies in goals and scoring but was sixth in the league in goals going into last night’s games and was tied for 11th overall in scoring with 24 goals and 22 assists for 46 points.

His 24 goals are nearly one-quarter of his team’s total of 102 — the highest percentage in the league — and he has had a hand in 45 percent of Washington’s offense, a stat that finds him second in the NHL.

Dave Fay

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