Alex Ovechkin has entered the top 10 in the NHL’s all-time goal-scoring leaderboard.The Russian superstar scored his second consecutive hat trick Saturday during the Washington Capitals’ game against the New York Islanders; in the process, he passed one legend (Mario Lemieux) and tied another (Steve Yzerman) for ninth place on the list with 692 goals. Ovechkin’s 690th and 691st career goals came against Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov. His first tally of the game came roughly halfway through the first period at Nassau Coliseum thanks to a brilliant two-line pass from center Nicklas Backstrom, who sent Ovechkin behind the Islanders’ defense. ‘The Great Eight’ fired a wrist shot from the slot on his subsequent breakaway to tie Lemieux.NHL TRADE RUMORS: Toronto Maple Leafs have reportedly inquired about New York Rangers goaltender Alexandar Georgiev🚨 #690 for @ovi8 ! #CapsIsles #ALLCAPS pic.twitter.com/CCKsZU2jec— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) January 18, 2020Even Lemieux — now the principal owner of the Penguins — should be proud of the move Ovechkin executed to pass him. Ovechkin pulled the puck in between New York defenseman Scott Mayfield’s legs on a rush, roped it back in with his stick’s backhand and batted it across the crease.The shot should have been sent well wide of the Islanders’ net, but it bounced off Ryan Pulock’s skate and past Varlamov’s glove, establishing Ovechkin as one of the top 10 goalscorers in league history.WELCOME TO THE TOP 10 , @ovi8 #CapsIsles #ALLCAPS pic.twitter.com/SO3wwuCS2i— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) January 18, 2020Ovechkin completed the hat trick with an empty-net goal from neutral ice with just 56 seconds left in regulation to tie Yzerman (692 goals). Now with eight goals in his last three games, Ovechkin appears primed to keep climbing the all-time leaderboard for the rest of the 2019-20 season. His next goal — which could come as soon as the Capitals’ Jan. 29 game against the Nashville Predators — will give him sole possession of ninth place. The 34-year-old sniper will be ineligible for Washington’s next game — Jan. 27 against the Montreal Canadiens — due to an impending suspension for skipping the upcoming NHL All-Star Game.Given that he’s now on pace to score a whopping 56 goals this season, Ovechkin will likely pass Mark Messier (694) and Mike Gartner (708) to claim seventh place by the end of the season.Another 186 tallies stand between Gartner and Wayne Gretzky’s seemingly impossible-to-beat all-time record (894), but if anyone can come close, it’s Ovechkin.
Almost two weeks after a horrific accident along the Kuru Kururu Soesdyke/Linden Highway, 46-year-old Rookmin Persaud of Kaneville Squatting Area, East Bank Demerara died while receiving medical attention at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC).The housewife reportedly took her last breath on Wednesday evening. Persaud was an occupant of the minibus which was involved in the accident. So far, four persons have now perished from the two-vehicle smash-up which occurred on Mother’s Day.One day after the accident, six-year-old Arianna Hughes of Rohan Housing Scheme and Back Half, Diamond, East Bank Demerara (EBD), died. Her mother, Shennelle Hughes, 31, also died a few days later.Shennelle Hughes was reportedly the driver of the motorcar on the day of the fatal accident. Quinton Odle, 42, of Blankenburg, West Coast Demerara, also diedThe now dead woman moments after the accident on Mother’s Dayfollowing the smash-up.However, Prem and Lakeram Persaud of Kaneville, EBD; Jada Enmore, nine; and four-year-old Tyrese Authur who were admitted patients at the Georgetown Public Hospital following the accident were discharged.Three of the four people who have died were occupants of motorcar PMM 548 which collided head-on with the minibus bearing registration number BHH 8451.The minibus was reportedly heading to Grove, EBD, while the motorcar was heading towards Linden. Initial investigation revealed that the driver of the motorcar, Shennelle Hughes, drove into a pool of water, causing her to lose control of the vehicle. She swerved into the path of the minibus resulting in a collision.Several persons from both vehicles sustained injured and were rushed to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre where they were treated but those with the more serious injuries were transferred to the GPHC.Of the eight, four persons are now dead while the others are said to be in stable conditions and are resting at home.