NHL goal-scoring race: Ovechkin scores 45th goal for Capitals


There are 13 days remaining in the NHL regular season, and the races for the Rocket Richard Trophy, awarded to the leading goal-scorer, and the Art Ross Trophy, which goes to the points leader, are wide open.

Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 45th goal in a 4-2 win at the New York Rangers on Monday. He leads Winnipeg Jets forward Patrik Laine by two goals and Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin by three. with his 45th of the year, Ovechkin ties Wayne Gretzky and Mike Bossy for most 45 goal seasons.

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov scored one goal in a 4-1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes to give him 96 points (38 goals, 58 assists), three behind Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid for the League lead.