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The hat trick plus an assist added to Ovechkin’s 12-game point streak and also extended his league lead in goals to 24 goals. Ovechkin is currently on pace for 63 goals at the age of 33, and while it is likely that he may maintain that pace over the remainder of the season, it is an encouraging sign that the future Hall of Famer continues to defy Father Time.
The first goal was pure Weber as he unloaded a one-timer from the point. The second goal was more interesting as Weber transitioned from clearing the crease in front of Carey Price to joining the rush and converting a pass from Tomas Tatar.
“A penalty at that time of the game is not a penalty you want to take,” Julien said. “If (Drouin) said it’s on him he has reason. In a game like that when we came back to tie it, you really have to be disciplined. It’s certain that even if (Backes) went after him, he gave him a cross-check in the face and it’s a four-minute. It’s something we can’t keep doing if we want to win games. We need better discipline.”
But I’ll also remember those nights where we made the Forum shake and sent shockwaves throughout Montreal. As your cheers now go straight to my heart, as you honor me tonight by retiring my jersey, and as you welcome me now like you did on my first day, my friends, tonight, I’m coming home.”