- The Washington Times - Monday, February 2, 2015

Alex Ovechkin was named the First Star of the Month by the NHL on Monday after he scored a league-high 12 goals in 13 games in January.

Ovechkin, the Washington Capitals’ top-line left wing, had goals in nine games, including two goals in a road loss to the Nashville Predators on Jan. 16, a home loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Jan. 20 and a home victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Jan. 28.

He also picked up an assist in four games, including on Jan. 1, when he was credited with the primary assist on right wing Troy Brouwer’s power-play game winner in the Winter Classic.

An all-star for the sixth time, Ovechkin played in the game for the fifth time on Jan. 25, picking up three assists in Team Foligno’s 17-12 loss to Team Toews.

Ovechkin scored his 74th career game-winning goal on Jan. 12, when the Capitals defeated the Colorado Avalanche, helping him pass Peter Bondra for the most in franchise history. On Sunday, he scored his 30th and 31st goals, making him the fifth player in league history to score at least 30 goals in each of his first 10 seasons. And, by scoring two goals, Ovechkin again passed Bondra to claim the franchise lead with 94 multi-goal games.

In addition to his 31 goals, Ovechkin has scored 14 power-play goals and six game-winning goals and has taken 248 shots this season, all of which are the most in the league.

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