VANCOUVER — Alex Ovechkin scored twice to pass Wayne Gretzky for the most road goals in NHL history, and the Washington Capitals defeated the Vancouver Canucks 5-1 at Rogers Arena on Tuesday.
Ovechkin opened the scoring from the right side of the net following a giveaway by Quinn Hughes at 5:35 of the first period to tie the record with 402 road goals. He then passed Gretzky with a one-timer from the top left circle to make it 2-0 at 11:52.
“It’s always nice when you beat the Great One,” Ovechkin said. “It doesn’t matter what kind of milestone it is. It’s history.
“It seems like we always have fun on the road, spend time more together and I think everybody enjoys it.”
Anthony Mantha had a goal and an assist, and Darcy Kuemper made 31 saves for the Capitals (10-11-3), who ended a six-game road losing streak.
Washington, which has won three of its past four games overall, got goals from three lines.
“That was a good 60 right there,” Mantha said. “We were hard on them, obviously made good O-zone plays and the puck bounced our way.”
Spencer Martin made 23 saves for the Canucks (9-11-3), who had a season-long three-game winning streak end.
“We feel like we’ve come together and we’re getting better and better and building, so to come here and have a game go that way is disappointing,” said Martin, who started for the third time in four games. “And I take a lot of responsibility for this loss because the goalie has a unique way to affect the game and I felt like early in the game, I didn’t do enough to give us a chance.”
Ovechkin set the tone early for the Capitals, who did not lead at any point in their four previous road losses.
“He was really good in the first and I thought we were really good in the first so it was nice to get out and get a jump like that,” coach Peter Laviolette said. “He certainly led. We knew we needed to have a good first period, have a good game and you need your best players to do that.”
Ovechkin’s first goal was his 135th game-opening goal, tying Jaromir Jagr for the most in NHL history. His second put him at 793 for his career, eight behind Gordie Howe for second in NHL history.
“I think he has 13 goals this year and I want to say like eight or nine have been … a new record,” said Dylan Strome, who made the cross-ice pass on the second goal. “I’m sure you will see the video of the reaction we had after the game when we found out so it’s pretty cool. So cool moment. Anytime you pass Wayne Gretzky in anything, it deserves a standing ovation, which he got.”
Nils Hoglander pulled the Canucks within 2-1 at 13:55 of the first period when he skated out of the corner, across the crease and beat Kuemper to the far post. J.T. Miller had the assist on the goal to extend his point streak to nine games (11 points; four goals, seven assists).
Mantha responded 40 seconds later to make it 3-1. He received a pass from Marcus Johansson and scored blocker after being left alone atop the crease between three defenders.
“We know that’s a desperate team over there as well, so it’s disappointing when you don’t come out and don’t execute and get outcompeted pretty much period by period there,” Miller said. “It’s frustrating because when you lose games, it should never be about your compete level and battle level. It’s frustrating because they didn’t out-skill us today, they didn’t out-system us. They literally just out-battled us and created their own chances.”
John Carlson made it 4-1 at 18:47 of the second period with a chip shot from the bottom left hash marks, and Martin Fehervary scored into an empty net with 4:03 left in the third for the 5-1 final.
Once they got back to the locker room, though, the focus was on Ovechkin.
“This one is unreal, obviously, beating the Great One and he becomes No. 1 in that aspect,” Mantha said. “I don’t even think he knew about it until after the game so good for him, and obviously, there’s more records that are going to get broken.”
NOTES: Ovechkin has 160 multigoal games in the NHL, second to only Gretzky (189). … Capitals forward Lars Eller had an assist on Mantha’s goal, his 200th NHL assist and his 200th point with the Capitals (83 goals, 117 assists). … Carlson has scored five goals in his past nine games. … Canucks forward Elias Pettersson had his point streak end at six games and was minus-5 in 17:04 of ice time.
Tom Brady retires from NFL, insisting this time it's for good – CBC Sports
Tom Brady, who won a record seven Super Bowls for New England and Tampa, has announced his retirement.
Brady — the most successful quarterback in NFL history, and one of the greatest athletes in team sports — posted the announcement on social media Wednesday morning, a brief video lasting just under one minute.
“Good morning guys. I’ll get to the point right away,” Brady says as the message begins. “I’m retiring. For good.”
He briefly retired after the 2021 season, but wound up coming back for one more year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He retires at age 45, the owner of numerous passing records in an unprecedented 23-year career.
A year ago when he retired, it was in the form of a long Instagram post. But about six weeks later, he decided to come back for one more run. The Buccaneers — with whom he won a Super Bowl two seasons ago — made the playoffs again this season, losing in their playoff opener. And at the time, it begged the question about whether Brady would play again.
Only a couple weeks later, he has given the answer.
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“I know the process was a pretty big deal last time, so when I woke up this morning, I figured I’d just press record and let you guys know first,” Brady says in the video. “I won’t be long-winded. You only get one super emotional retirement essay and I used mine up last year.
“I really thank you guys so much, to every single one of you for supporting me. My family, my friends, teammates, my competitors. I could go on forever. There’s too many. Thank you guys for allowing me to live my absolute dream. I wouldn’t change a thing. Love you all.”
Brady is the NFL’s career leader in yards passing (89,214) and touchdowns (649). He’s the only player to win more than five Super Bowls and has been MVP of the game five times.
Famously underrated coming into the NFL — he was picked 199th in the 2000 draft by the Patriots, behind six other quarterbacks, three kickers and a punter — Brady certainly wasn’t expected to become synonymous with greatness. He played in one game as a rookie, completing one of three passes for six yards.
The next year, it all changed.
Brady took over as the Patriots’ starter, the team beat the St. Louis Rams in the Super Bowl that capped the 2001 season, and he and New England coach Bill Belichick were well on their way to becoming the most successful coach-QB duo in football history.
More Super Bowl wins came after the 2003 and 2004 seasons. The Patriots returned to football’s mountaintop for a fourth time in Brady’s era a decade later to cap the 2014 season, the start of three more titles in a span of five years.
In 2020, he joined the Buccaneers and won his seventh Super Bowl. He spent his last three years with Tampa Bay, getting them to the playoffs in each of those seasons.
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“I think I’ve been on the record dozens of times saying there’s no quarterback I’d rather have than Tom Brady, and I still feel that way,” Belichick said in 2021 — shortly before Tampa Bay, with Brady, came to New England and beat the Patriots in a game dubbed “The Return.” “I was very lucky to have Tom as the quarterback, to coach him, and he was as good as any coach could ever ask for.”
Brady has won three NFL MVP awards, been a first-team All-Pro three times and selected to the Pro Bowl 15 times.
Brady and supermodel Gisele Bundchen finalized their divorce this past fall, during the Bucs’ season. It ended a 13-year marriage between two superstars who respectively reached the pinnacles of football and fashion.
It was announced last year that when Brady retires from playing, he would join Fox Sports as a television analyst in a 10-year, $375 million US deal.
Beauvillier embracing new challenge following trade to Canucks – NHL.com
VANCOUVER — Anthony Beauvillier likes the timing of his trade to the Vancouver Canucks because he’s not the only one looking to start over.
After being acquired from the New York Islanders for Bo Horvat on Monday, the 25-year-old forward joins a team that has a new coach in Rick Tocchet, who was hired Jan. 22 with assistant coach Adam Foote and defensive consultant Sergei Gonchar; is still trying to establish a new culture under general manager Patrik Allvin, who was hired Jan. 26, 2022; and now needs a new captain to replace Horvat.
“Honestly, I think [the] timing is perfect,” Beauvillier said Tuesday. “Having a new coach and new coaches, I feel like it can start a new page for everyone. Having the chance to start from scratch with everyone, it’s exciting. I feel like everyone wants to do good and everyone wants to play good for the new coaches and staff with the changes they made, so it’s definitely exciting.”
That doesn’t make it easy, however, for Beauvillier, especially having to say goodbye to close friend Mathew Barzal, who he met at a hockey camp in 2012 and roomed with at Canada’s Under-18 camp in 2015 before each was selected by the Islanders in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft (Barzal 16th; Beauvillier 28th).
Barzal, who is from the Vancouver area (Coquitlam, British Columbia), even joked that Beauvillier can have his old room back home.
“It’s been a [heck] of a ride with him and he’s going to stay one of my best friends forever,” Beauvillier said. “It’s very emotional and sad to leave these guys, but at the same time, [you] don’t want to beat yourself up too much because there’s something exciting ahead.”
Vancouver also received forward Aatu Raty and a conditional first-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft that becomes a first-round pick in 2024 if it ends up in the top 12, for Horvat.
For Allvin, it was the start of a promise to get younger, and Raty, who’s scored two goals in 12 NHL games as a 20-year-old rookie this season after being a second-round pick (No. 52) in the 2021 NHL Draft, was an important part of that.
“We felt strongly here that Raty was a key piece in this deal, along with the first-round pick,” Allvin said.
There may be more moves coming for the Canucks (20-26-3), who are sixth in the Pacific Division, 14 points behind the Colorado Avalanche for the second wild card from the Western Conference, and on pace to miss the Stanley Cup Playoffs for a third straight season and the seventh time in the past eight.
“We’re definitely sitting in the bottom of the standings, so we need to improve our team,” Allvin said. “As we said when we got here, we’re trying to get younger, and this might be the start. We’ve got what, five weeks to the (March 3) trading deadline? So, I would assume that more calls will come along here.”
Vancouver has three players who can become unrestricted free agents after the season: defensemen Luke Schenn and Kyle Burroughs, and goalie Collin Delia. Allvin said a decision on Schenn won’t be easy, partly because of his leadership.
“I have a lot of respect for Luke Schenn as a person and what he brings in terms of winning habits,” Allvin said. “So, that’s definitely a hard one for us, but we also understand that he’s UFA. We’ll see if there is another deal to be made or what our decision will be here over the next couple of weeks.”
Even with forward Ilya Mikheyev out for the season after having ACL surgery earlier this week, Allvin still has a glut of wings with term left on their contracts who could be traded by the Canucks to shed salary.
The list includes Brock Boeser, who has two more seasons left on a contract with an average annual value of $6.65 million, Conor Garland, who has three left ($4.95 million AAV), and Beauvillier ($4.15 million AAV), who can become a UFA after next season.
Allvin was asked if trading from that depth could address other needs.
“It could,” he said.
Replacing Horvat’s team-high 31 goals this season, including 11 on the power play, won’t be easy. Neither will be replacing his work in the face-off circle, where he leads the NHL in face-offs taken over the past five seasons (7,317), winning 55.3 percent, which ranks eighth among the 38 players with at least 4,000 face-offs.
Allvin does, however, have two players in mind to replace Horvat as captain.
“It’s hard to move your captain away,” Allvin said. “There is a lot of younger players, in particular [Elias] Pettersson and Quinn Hughes, that have shown they’re capable of being leaders of this team. We’ll sit down as a staff and talk about it here over the next couple of days. … I do think that Pettersson and Quinn Hughes have shown they’re capable of taking over this team.”
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