Alex Ovechkin Passes Steve Yzerman to Take Possession of Ninth On All-Time Goals List

Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin headed into the NHL All-Star bye week having recorded two consecutive hat tricks in as many games and moving further up on the NHL’s all-time Goals Scored List. On Wednesday Night, in a nationally-televised game at home against the Nashville Predators, Ovechkink moved further on the list, moving into ninth all-time in goals.

With a goal in the first period of the Caps’ Wednesday Night Hockey matchup against the Preds, Ovechkin scored the 35th goal of the 2019-20 season and 693rd of his 15-season career to pass Detroit Red Wings great Steve Yzerman for ninth on the NHL’s all-time Goals Scored list.

The Capitals played a video on the jumbotron above center ice with a message from Yzerman himself:

Video: NBC Sports

The goal made Ovechkin the fourth player to record 35 or more goals in at least 12 seasons, joining former Capital Mike Gartner, Wayne Gretzky, and Marcel Dionne. He is also two goals shy of passing Mark Messier for the eighth-most goals in NHL history.

Ovechkin is inching ever closer to the 700-goal mark and is on pace to go from 600 goals in 157 games, which would make him the fastest player to ever reach the mark from the six-century total. He is also on pace to reach 700 goals in 1,146 games, which would be the second-fastest in league history.

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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