Alex Ovechkin Fails to Record Point in Series as Rangers Sweep Capitals

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin
Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin / Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Capitals are the first team out of the 2024 NHL playoffs, having been swept in four games by the New York Rangers during the opening round.

It was a series to forget for Alex Ovechkin, who struggled throughout the four-game set. Ovechkin, for the first time in his NHL career, not only failed to record a goal during the series, but he was unable to register a single point.

Sunday's 4–2 defeat marked the end of the road for the Capitals, and Ovechkin played just 15 minutes and 26 seconds during what was the final game of the campaign for Washington. He didn't register a single shot on target, missing two attempts and recording just one hit across his 20 shifts.

Throughout the series, Ovechkin recorded just five shots on target, failing to get involved in any one of the Caps' seven goals throughout the four defeats.

Across his legendary 19-year career, Ovechkin, 38, has featured in 24 playoff series. He's never been held without a goal in any of them, let alone fail to notch even a single point.

Washington was no match for New York throughout the series, and what little success on offense the Capitals did generate, Ovechkin was not often a factor in. In 151 playoff games, Ovechkin has 72 goals, which ranks him 15th all-time and second among active players, trailing only Joe Pavelski (73) of the Dallas Stars.

Karl Rasmussen


Karl Rasmussen is a writer on Sports Illustrated’s Breaking & Trending News Team. A University of Oregon alum, his work has appeared on 12up and ClutchPoints. He’s a loyal Tottenham, Jets, Yankees and Ducks fan.