Shake, Rattle, Let’s Roll: Alex Ovechkin Scores 738th Career Goal, Moves Within Three of Tying Brett Hull For Fourth All-Time

Screen cap: NBC Sports Washington

After signing a five-year contract to remain with the Washington Capitals this past summer, there were questions about whether Alex Ovechkin would be able to produce enough in his age-36 season in his pursuit of NHL great Wayne Gretzky’s all-time Goals Scored record. During Wednesday night’s contest against the Detroit Red Wings, Ovechkin continued his hot start to the 2021-22 season, scoring a power play marker in the final minute of the first period.

The goal came at the 19:05 mark of the first frame, with the Caps on the man-advantage. Hard work by the Capitals’ captain led to the team heading to the locker room with a 1-0 lead.

A view of the goal from the Capital One Arena seats:

The goal marked the 738th goal of Ovechkin’s 17-season NHL career and eighth of this season, moving him to within three and four tallies, respectively, of tying and passing NHL great Brett Hull for fourth all-time in Goals Scored. Additionally, it marked The Great Eight’s 271st career goal with a man-up, putting him ever closer to becoming the all-time leader in that category.

Ovechkin also joins Maurice “Rocket” Richard as the only players 35 or older to score eight or more goals in their teams’ first seven games of a season, each doing so eight times.

Anthony Mantha and Lars Eller were credited with assists on the goal. Mantha, who played over 300 games with the Red Wings before being traded to the Capitals last season, recorded his first career point against his former club.

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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