Alex Ovechkin has now gone three games without scoring following a 3-2 overtime loss to the Calgary Flames on Friday night.
The 30-year-old entered Friday’s action tied with Sergei Fedorov for the most goals scored by a Russian-born player (483).
Ovechkin had three shots on goal and another four shots blocked in 18:39 of ice time.
“I think he wants to get it. There’s no question,” said Capitals coach Barry Trotz. “I haven’t talked to him about it, but the best advice I can give him is to ‘play your normal game.’ He’s scored a gazillion goals in this league.
“To our team: don’t look for Ovi to score that goal. Don’t overpass. He’s scored a lot of goals. Play the way we play, and I guarantee you, he will score that goal, and he’ll score many after that.Today, I think he wanted it, today. In front of his fans and the people that have supported him and all that so I think he wants to get it over with.”
Ovechkin’s longest drought this season was four games (Oct. 23-31).
Flames’ centre Sean Monahan scored twice including his team-leading sixth of the season as Calgary avoided a third straight loss.
Michael Frolik had the other Calgary goal.