Passing Mr. Hockey: Alex Ovechkin Passes Gordie Howe On Multi-Goal Games List

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Just two periods after tying Brendan Shanahan in Even-Strength Points, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin not only surpassed that mark, but in scoring his second goal of the Caps’ game against the New Jersey Devils, the future Hall of Famer passed another NHL legend in Multi-Goal Games.

Finishing off a pinpoint passing sequence from T.J. Oshie and Evgeny Kuznetsov, Ovechkin fired his 17th goal of the 2020-21 season past New Jersey goaltender Scott Wedgewood in the third period, extending the Caps’ lead to 4-0.

In doing so, Ovechkin passed NHL icon Gordie Howe on the Multi-Goal Games List, moving into fourth all-time with his 148th career multi-goal game. He now sits seven from surpassing Pittsburgh Penguins great Mario Lemieux (154), 11 from Brett Hull (158), and 52 from surpassing the all-time leader, Wayne Gretzky (189).

The goal was also the Capitals’ captain’s ninth goal in his last eight games and 811th career even-strength point, moving him past Brendan Shanahan for sole possession of fourth all-time in NHL 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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