Airdrie's Jake Neighbours notched his 14th goal of the NHL season last night (January 20) against the Washington Capitals and one of the league's greatest goal-scorers of all time.
Neighbours' marker was the Blues' third of the night and helped them to a 3 - 0 shutout of Alexander Ovechkin and the Caps. The Great Eight is chasing Wayne Gretzky to become the league's greatest goal scorer. He has 830 goals, second only to the Great One's 894.
That all didn't matter much last night as the Blues and Caps came together for the second time in three nights. On Thursday it was Washington scoring a 5 - 2 win. This time, it was the Blues night with their special teams being the difference in the game. Colton Parayko scored a short-handed goal when the game was just three minutes old. In the second St. Louis captain Brayden Schenn scored on a delayed Washington penalty to make it 2 - 0.
Neighbours' goal came on a St. Louis power play with the Capitals' Nic Dowd serving an interference infraction. It came from a similar spot to where he scored his last power play goal, right in front of the opposition's crease as he tipped a waist-high shot from Robert Thomas past Washington goaltender Charlie Lindgren. Jordan Kyrou picked up the second assist. Neighbours now has 14 goals and three assists for 17 points in 44 games this season, Jordan Binnington picked up his second shutout of the season. He was called on to block 18 Capitals' shots.
With the win, the Blues improve to 22-20-2 in 2023-2024. They hold down sixth place in the Central Division. Washington falls to 22-16-6, fourth in the Metropolitan Division.
Neighbours may get a chance to visit his hometown when the Blues pay a visit to Calgary this week. St. Louis and the Flames meet on Tuesday night at 7:00 pm at the Saddledom.
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