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Alex Ovechkin named NHL first star of week

The NHL named Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin the league’s first star of the week Monday for three multi-goal games, including back-to-back hat tricks.

Ovechkin finished the week with 8 points — all goals — and the Capitals went 3-0. He now has 34 goals this season and recently tied Steve Yzerman for ninth on the all-time goals list with 692.

At the All-Star Break, the Capitals lead the league in points with 71, posting a 33-11-5 record.

Ovechkin is eight goals away from becoming the eighth player in NHL history to score at least 700 goals.