Washington Capitals left winger Alex Ovechkin, who led the NHL with 25 points in November, has been named the league’s first star of the month, the NHL announced today. Ovechkin is the second consecutive Capital to earn the league’s top monthly honor, as Alexander Semin was the first star in October.
Ovechkin’s 25 points in 14 games included 11 goals and a plus-9 rating as he recorded points in 11 of 14 games and goals in nine of 14. Before Saturday Ovechkin recorded points in 10 straight games with 22 points in that time, which was the longest active streak in the league.
Ovechkin has now won the NHL’s Player of the Month or first star of the month four times (Jan. 2006, Jan. 2008, March 2008 and Nov. 2008).
Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin and New York Islanders goaltender Joey MacDonald were the NHL’s second and third stars for the month of November.