|DRAFTED:||WSH: 2002-13 overall|
|Signed as a free agent by Togliatti (Russia), September 25, 2004. Suspended by Washington for failing to report to Portland (AHL), September 28, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Mytischi (Russia), November 22, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Carolina, July 26, 2012.|
Alexander has a longtime girlfriend, Alena… He spends his summers in his hometown of Krasnoyarsk, Russia and has a Yorkshire terrier named Zhorik… Alexander’s cousin, Ilya Skvortsov, plays for Loko in the Russian MHL (junior league) and for the Russian U-17 team… Alex spends time in a foster home in Krasnoyarsk every summer, donating sports equipment and clothing… He started playing hockey at the age of five, and his first team was the Sokol Krasnoyarsk youth hockey club… The biggest influence on his career was his father, who served as his coach until he was 13… His favorite player growing up was Pavel Bure… Alex’s favorite sport to play outside of hockey is soccer, his favorite athlete is Lionel Messi and his favorite team is FC Barcelona… He wore No. 32 in Russia, but switched to 28 in Washington because 32 was retired (Dale Hunter)… His favorite TV show is the Russian comedy Interns, favorite movie is Flightplan, and favorite book is The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov… His most memorable hockey moment was Russia’s World Championship final victory against Canada in 2008 in Quebec… His favorite artist is poet, composer and singer Stas Mikhailov… His favorite food is Italian and favorite restaurant is Café Milano in Washington, DC… The person he would most like to meet is Anthony Hopkins… His favorite vacation spots are Seven Mile Beach and the Cayman Islands… His favorite former teammate is Sergei Fedorov, favorite team to play against was Carolina, favorite road city is Vancouver and favorite road arena is Bell Centre.
Completed his seventh NHL season, ranking second among Capitals skaters in goals (21), assists (33) and points (54), and tied for fourth in plus/minus (+9)… Marked his sixth consecutive season with 20-or-more goals… 19 of his 21 goals were even-strength… Was 3-for-6 in the shootout (50%)… Had 10 points (3g, 7a) in his final nine games of the season… Netted Washington’s first goal of the season vs. CAR (10/8)… Netted a goal and added an assist vs. FLA (10/18)… Had his first multi-goal game of the season vs. NYR (12/28)… Scored a goal on a penalty shot at MTL (2/4)… Had two assists, including the 200th of his career, at OTT (2/22)… Earned a pair of helpers, including his 400th NHL point, at DET (3/19)… Netted his 197th career goal vs. FLA (4/5) to move into fifth on the Capitals’ all-time goal-scoring list… Games missed due to injury: 5 (11/21; 12/3-12/5; 1/3; 3/22)… Longest goal streak: 2 games (12/17-12/20: 2g, 0a; 2/9-2/12: 2g, 1a; 4/2-4/5: 2g, 1a)… Longest assist streak: 3 games (10/13-10/18: 1g, 3a)… Longest point streak: 4 games (3/31-4/7: 2g, 3a)… Multi-goal games: 1 (12/28 vs. NYR: 2g, 0a)… Multi-assist games: 4 (last: 3/19 at DET: 0g, 2a)… Multi-point games: 12 (last: 4/2 at TB: 1g, 1a).
Netted three goals and earned an assist in 14 Stanley Cup playoff games as the Capitals topped the Bruins in seven games before falling to the Rangers in seven… Had a three-game goal-scoring streak during the Boston series… Netted his first goal of the playoffs in Game 3 vs. BOS (4/16)… Scored the game-winning goal in Game 4 vs. BOS (4/19)… Assisted on John Carlson’s goal during a triple-overtime loss in Game 3 vs. NYR (5/2).
Is in his eighth NHL season and first with the Hurricanes… Signed a one-year contract with Carolina on 7/26/12… Originally drafted by the Washington Capitals with their second selection, 13th overall, in the first round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft… Is one of 18 NHL players to have averaged 30-or-more goals over the last six seasons (2006-07 through 2011-12)… Has a career plus/minus rating of plus-65, and his plus-92 rating over the last four seasons (2008-09 through 2011-12) ranks fifth in the NHL… Has represented Russia in nine major international competitions, including the 2010 Winter Olympic Games… Helped Russia capture gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 IIHF World Championships… Also won medals at the 2002 U-18 World Junior Championship (silver), 2005 IIHF World Championship (bronze) and 2010 IIHF World Championship (silver).
2002-03: Completed his first season on the top tier of the Russian league, ranking fifth among Togliatti skaters with 17 points (10g, 7a) in 47 games… Led Togliatti in playoff goals with five, adding three assists in 10 games.
2003-04: Appeared in 52 games for the Capitals, recording 22 points (10g, 12a) in his rookie NHL season… Finished fourth among Washington skaters in points and power-play goals (4)… Led team rookies in goals, assists and points… Made his NHL debut at MTL (10/14), recording an assist… Tallied his first NHL goal, the game-winning goal, on the power play vs. ATL (10/31)… Recorded his first multiple-point game with a pair of assists at TB (11/4)… Joined Portland of the American Hockey League (AHL) following the completion of the NHL season, appearing in four regular-season games… Led the Pirates in goals (4), assists (7) and points (11) in seven Calder Cup playoff games… Netted three goals, tying a Portland playoff record, and added an assist vs. Hartford (4/23)… Represented Russia in the World Junior Championship.
2004-05: Played 50 games for Togliatti in the Russian Super League… Led the team in goals (19) and ranked second in points (30).
2005-06: Split the season between Togliatti and Mytischi of the Russian Super League… Led Mytischi in playoff goals (3) and shared the team lead in playoff points (5) in eight games.
2006-07: Returned to the NHL, and ranked second among Capitals in goals (38), assists (35) and points (73)… Led Caps with 17 power-play goals and 38 points with the man advantage… Tied for fourth in the NHL in power-play goals and tied for 14th in power-play points… His 38 goals ranked third in the NHL among players 23 years old and younger, trailing only Alex Ovechkin and Thomas Vanek (BUF)… Finished second among Capitals with eight multi-goal games and 19 multi-point games… Ranked third on the team with 90 PIM and second in game-winning goals (6)… Earned 44 of his 73 points at home (24g, 20a), leading the team in goals at Verizon Center… Ranked second among Capitals in home plus/minus rating (+7)… Was selected as first star of the game nine times, the most on the team… Scored a goal in six of the first seven games to open season (10/5-10/21), becoming the first Capital to score eight goals in the season’s first seven games… Notched the first of his two hat tricks in Washington’s home opener vs. CAR (10/7)… Scored an NHL-leading 12 goals in January, the most by a Caps player in a month since Peter Bondra had 12 in January 1997… Appeared in his 100th NHL game at FLA (2/1) and skated a career-high 26:59… Had the lone shootout goal in Washington’s only shootout win of the season, vs. NYI (2/4).
2007-08: Finished second among Capitals in goals (26) and fifth in points (42), despite missing 17 of the first 23 games with an ankle injury… Totaled 24 goals in his last 46 games and 38 points in his last 47 games… Combined with Alex Ovechkin for the most goals by teammates in the NHL (91)… Shared the team lead with three shootout goals (six attempts)… Recorded his 100th NHL point with an assist vs. ATL (12/8)… Finished second on the team in playoff scoring with eight points (3g, 5a) in seven games, as Washington fell to Philadelphia in the opening round… Was second on the team in playoff shots (28) and tied for second on the team in plus/minus (+2)… Scored goals in Games 4, 5 and 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals vs. PHI and added an assist in each game for three consecutive multiple-point games… Had a four-game playoff point streak (4/15-4/21: 3g, 4a)… Scored the game-winning goal in Game 5 vs. PHI (4/19)… Led Russia with 13 points (6g, 7a) in nine games to help his home nation win the gold medal at the 2008 IIHF World Championship.
2008-09: Set a career-high with 45 assists and totaled 34 goals and 79 points in 62 games for Washington… Averaged more than a point per game (1.274), trailing only Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby among players who played at least 20 games… Finished second among Capitals in goals (34), third in points and third in assists… Earned a point in 50 of his 62 games played… Led the team and tied for 14th in the league in plus/minus (+25), marking the first season of his career with a positive rating… Ranked third on the team with 223 shots and had at least one shot in every game he played… Was tied for 10th in the NHL with 73 takeaways… Had a career-best eight game-winning goals… Led the Caps with three shootout goals (seven attempts), including two game-deciding goals… Led the NHL with 27 points (13g, 14a) in the first 15 games of the season… Named the NHL’s First Star of the Month in October (8g, 8a)… Set a career high for points in a game with five (2g, 3a) at CAR (11/12)… Established a career-best with a five-game assist streak from 12/13-1/6 (5a)… Scored 15 seconds into the game vs. LA (2/5), the Caps’ fastest goal to start a game of the season… Had a then-career-best, nine-game point streak from 2/26-3/14 (7g, 9a)… That streak began with a career-best six-game goal streak (2/26-3/8: 6g)… Scored his 100th career goal vs. CAR (3/3)… Recorded his 200th career point vs. PIT (3/8) and added his 100th career assist at PHI (3/12)… Skated in all 14 playoff games for the Capitals, establishing career highs in goals (5), assists (9) and points (14)… Finished third on the team in playoff points… Led the NHL with 14 takeaways through two rounds of the playoffs… Shared the NHL lead in goals in the first round (5)… Had two goals, including the game-winning goal, and added an assist in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals vs. NYR (4/20)… Had a six-game playoff point streak from 4/20-5/2 (4g, 5a).
2009-10: Established career highs in goals (40), points (84) and plus/minus (+36), skating in 73 games for Washington… Finished second on the team in goals (40), third in points (84) and fourth in assists (44)… Ranked seventh in the NHL in goals and 13th in points… He and Alex Ovechkin were the only teammates in the NHL to both hit the 40-goal mark, and they combined for the most goals of any teammates (90)… They also became the first Russian teammates to both score 40 goals… Ranked fifth among Capitals and tied for fifth in the NHL in plus/minus (+36)… His 30 even-strength goals ranked third in the league, behind only Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby… Had a team-high two shorthanded goals and was tied for second among Caps skaters with five game-winning goals… Ranked second on the team and 12th in the NHL with 278 shots… Had 51 of his points (23g, 28a) in 39 home games… Ranked second on the team with 11 multi-goal games and tied for second with 27 multi-point games… Was fourth on the team with 27 power-play points (8g, 19a)… Posted consecutive two-goal games vs. TOR (10/3) and at PHI (10/6)… Scored eight seconds into the game vs. NYI (11/11), tying the Capitals record for fastest goal to start a game… Added a second goal in that game and had a career-high 11 shots on net… Had his best goal (11), assist (12) and point (23) month in January… Enjoyed a career-best, 10-game point streak, the longest by a Capital for the season, from 1/15-2/2 (6g, 11a)… Recorded hat trick and added an assist at OTT (2/11)… Matched his career highs in assists (3) and shots (11) in a game vs. ATL (4/9)… Had nine goals in the final 13 games of the season (9g, 7a)… Earned two points (0g, 2a) in seven postseason contests and the Capitals were upset in the first round by Montreal… Recorded playoff assists in Game 4 at MTL (4/21) and Game 7 vs. MTL (4/28).
2010-11: Ranked second among Capitals skaters in goals (28) and game-winning goals (4), third in points (54) and third in plus/minus (+22)… Became the first Capital with four three-goal games in a single season since Peter Bondra accomplished that feat during the 1995-96 season… Scored 27 of his 28 goals in Capitals victories… Registered a four-game goal streak from 10/30-11/7 (4g)… Recorded his first hat trick of the season vs. ATL (10/23)… Earned a hat trick and added a pair of assists to match his career high with five points in a game vs. TB (11/11)… Scored a natural hat trick in 4:29 vs. TB (11/26), his third hat trick of the season and third in a 35-day span… Registered a nine-game point streak from 10/30-11/17 (9g, 8a)… Recorded his seventh career hat trick and fourth of the season in 7-6 win at ANA (2/16)… Ranked second among Capitals in playoff goals (4) and tied for third in playoff points (6), skating in all nine games as Washington topped the Rangers in five games before being swept by Tampa Bay… Scored the game-winning goal in overtime and added an assist in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals vs. NYR (4/13)… Registered a three-game, playoff goal streak from 4/20-4/29 (3g).