The Great Eight in Eighth!! Alex Ovechkin Passes Mark Messier For Eighth All-time In Goals

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Having already tied the great Mark Messier in the second period of the Capitals’ 5-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Friday night, Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin made history yet again in the closing minute of the game by scoring an empty-net goal to take sole possession of eighth all-time on the NHL Goals Scored list.

Having scored his 694th career goal in the second period, Ovechkin scored the tie-breaking tally at the 19:47 mark of the third period to give him career goal no. 695 to move into eighth all-time in NHL history in goals. The goal came on an assist by John Carlson, whose assist made him the all-time leading assist leader in franchise history among defensemen.

The goal gives Ovechkin 37 for the 2019-20 season, tying him with Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak for the league lead. Ovechkin is on pace for 59 goals on the season, which would put him in elite company with Phil Esposito.

Messier, whose hold on eighth place in the NHL record was tied and broken on the same night, released a statement following Ovechkin’s accomplishment:

The Caps’ captain becomes just the second player ever to score 11 or more goals in a five-game span, joining Joe Mullen, who did so in December 1991 with the Pittsburgh Penguins.84383573_10162986316630367_7706263655171489792_o

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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3 Responses to The Great Eight in Eighth!! Alex Ovechkin Passes Mark Messier For Eighth All-time In Goals

  1. Jon Sorensen says:

    He could theoretically move into 6th this season. Crazy.

  2. Diane Doyle says:

    Will likely move into 7th place

  3. Pingback: Tracking Gr8ness: The Path To 895 Goals For Alex Ovechkin | NoVa Caps

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