The Great Climb: Alex Ovechkin Scores Career Goal No. 740, Becomes First Player to 10 Goals in 2021-22

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Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has been on a torrid start to the 2021-22 season, and has continued to climb the NHL’s All-time Goals list through the start of the season. On Thursday night against the Florida Panthers, Ovechkin scored his 10th goal of the season, moving him closer to fourth all-time and making history in the process.

Ovechkin’s goal came at the 18:11 mark of the second period, assisted by Lars Eller.

The goal marked Ovechkin’s 740th career goal, moving him with one and two goals, respectively, of tying and passing Brett Hull for fourth on the NHL’s all-time Goals scored list.

By scoring his 10th goal of the 2021-22 season, Ovechkin became the first player in the league to do so this season, moving into him elite company on a number of levels. At age 36, The Great Eight joins Mike Gartner and Maurice Richard as the only players to reach the 10-goal mark first at age 36 or older.

In addition, he has been the first player to 10 goals three times since the 2013-14 season.

Ovechkin’s goal was the first of multiple points against the Panthers, giving him his 379th career multi-point game, moving him into 24th in that department.

Ovechkin’s 10 goals lead the NHL this season.

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 Climb: Alex Ovechkin Scores Career Goal No. 740, Becomes First Player to 10 Goals in 2021-22

  1. novafyre says:

    As his teammates and coaches have said, you come to work, Ovi sets a record.

  2. Dave says:

    Was going to sell my tickets for Philly on Saturday, but can’t resist watching Ovi on this hot streak.

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