January 10, 2017
Monday night’s National Hockey League schedule only provided us with four games, but that was enough to have two of the best players of this era to move up in league history.
First, Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo beat his former teammate Cory Schneider and the New Jersey Devils for the 448th win of his career. The 3-0 victory puts him ahead of Hall of Fame goaltender Terry Sawchuck for fifth all-time in NHL history for goaltender wins. He now trails Curtis Joseph for fourth all-time by just six wins. He still may catch Ed Belfour for third at 484 wins, but Patrick Roy (551) and Martin Brodeur (691) are likely out of reach.
Moments after Luongo’s milestone, Alex Ovechkin continued his march to the Hall of Fame with the 544th goal of his career. The power play goal ties him for 29th all-time with Maurice “The Rocket” Richard and with the goal coming in Montreal, it only made the moment that much sweeter for the Great Eight.
Ovechkin picked up three points in the Capitals 4-1 victory which puts him just one point shy of becoming just the 84th player in NHL history to score 1000 points.