Alex Ovechkin Ties Mark Messier for Eighth All-Time on NHL Goals List; Extends Goal Scoring Streak to Five Games


Alex Ovechkin has had himself a productive last few weeks of December. With two consecutive hat tricks before the All-Star break, and putting himself back in Maurice Richard Trophy contention since returning, The Great Eight has climbed the NHL record books in the process. On Friday night in Ottawa against the Senators, Ovechkin moved up yet again, as he tied Hall of Famer Mark Messier for eighth all-time in Goals Scored.

The goal, Ovechkin’s 694th of his 15-season NHL career, came at the 10:27 mark of the second period, on assists from Nicklas Backstrom and Tom Wilson. The goal gave the Capitals’ captain his 36th of the 2019-20 season and extended his goal-scoring streak to five games, during which time he has scored 10 times.

The goal brings Ovechkin to 200 away from Wayne Gretzky’s NHL-record 894. The goal also marked the ninth time the 2004 first overall pick has scored on January 31, and puts him on track to go from 600 to 700 goals in just 156 games, which would mark the fewest games to make the jump by any member of the 700-goal club. In addition, he is on pace to reach 700 goals in just 1,145 games, which would make him the second-fastest after Gretzky (886).

Ovechkin has averaged 0.61 Goals Per Game in his career, ranking him fifth all-time in NHL history. This includes an NHL-best 0.58 Goals Per Game since turning 30-years old. His 10 goals in just five games marks the most goals the 34-year old left wing has ever scored in a five-game span in his career.


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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1 Response to Alex Ovechkin Ties Mark Messier for Eighth All-Time on NHL Goals List; Extends Goal Scoring Streak to Five Games

  1. Diane Doyle says:

    He then goes on to pass Messier. (Time for a new post fo passing Messier for #8 all time.)

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