Less than 48 hours after the first full moon of 2021, the stars aligned across the NHL.
Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin and Connor McDavid each scored a game-winning, overtime goal within 12 minutes of each other, making Saturday the first day in NHL history that three No. 1 draft picks scored OT winners.
Crosby, the No. 1 pick of the 2005 NHL Draft, struck first, at 9:35 p.m. ET, with a low wrist shot under the skate of New York Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev to lift Pittsburgh past the New York Rangers 5-4 at Madison Square Garden.
Just 60 seconds later, Ovechkin, the No. 1 selection at the 2004 NHL Draft, beat Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask with a shot from between the circles, and the Washington Capitals picked up a 4-3 win at Capital One Arena. The goal was Ovechkin’s 708th in the NHL, tying Mike Gartner for seventh in history.
It was the first time Crosby and Ovechkin scored an OT goal on the same day in their shared 16 NHL seasons. They each debuted in 2005-06.
Not to be outdone, McDavid, who was picked No. 1 by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2015 NHL Draft, redirected Leon Draisaitl‘s pass past Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen for his second highlight-reel goal of the game. McDavid’s winner came at 9:47 p.m. ET and gave the Oilers a 4-3 victory at Rogers Place.