Alex Ovechkin keeps feeling the power.
The Washington Capitals forward scored the 248th and 249th power-play goals of his NHL career in a 6-5 loss to the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday to climb past Luc Robitaille into sole possession of fourth place in NHL history.
Ovechkin needs six power-play goals to tie Teemu Selanne (255) for third place all-time. The all-time NHL leader is Dave Andreychuk with 274, followed by Brett Hull with 265.
It also marked Ovechkin’s 22nd game with multiple power-play goals, tying Wayne Gretzky for 10th all-time dating to 1933-34, when goals by type became an official NHL statistic. Mario Lemieux is the all-time leader with 31 games with multiple power-play goals.
Memorable return for Marleau, Sharks
Patrick Marleau scored two goals in his first game back with the San Jose Sharks in their 5-4 win against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center.
The 40-year-old forward, who signed a one-year contract with the Sharks on Wednesday, now has played 20 of his 22 NHL seasons with San Jose, which selected him with the No. 2 pick of the 1997 NHL Draft. He also became the eighth player in League history to score at least one goal as a teenager and at least one goal in his 40s with the same franchise, joining Gordie Howe (Detroit Red Wings), Steve Yzerman (Red Wings), Ron Francis (Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes), Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh Penguins), Alex Delvecchio (Red Wings), Brendan Shanahan (New Jersey Devils) and Shane Doan (Winnipeg Jets/Arizona Coyotes).
Oilers perfecting early-season comeback
The Edmonton Oilers became the third team in NHL history to come from behind and win each of their first four games of a season in a 4-3 shootout victory against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center.
The Oilers (4-0-0) joined the 1988-89 Los Angeles Kings and the 2005-06 Nashville Predators.
Center Connor McDavid scored a power-play goal with 1:06 left in the third period to tie the game, and forward Leon Draisaitl scored the only goal of the shootout. Forward James Neal scored his NHL-high seventh goal of the season in the second period. He’s the first Edmonton player with at least seven goals in his first four games of a season.
No NHL team has had a comeback win in each of its first five games of a season. The Oilers visit the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Saturday (1 p.m. ET; SN, MSG, NHL.TV).
‘Ironman’ Kessel keeps rolling
Arizona Coyotes forward Phil Kessel played his 777th consecutive regular-season game in the Coyotes’ 4-1 win against the Vegas Golden Knights at Gila River Arena, passing Craig Ramsay for the seventh-longest streak in NHL history. Kessel’s streak began Nov. 3, 2009.
It also was Kessel’s 999th NHL game. He can become the 335th player in League history to play 1,000 regular-season games when the Coyotes visit the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on Saturday.