Alex Ovechkin Passes Dave Andreychuk For Most Career Power Play Goals


Alex Ovechkin scored a power play goal against the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night at Little Caesar’s Arena. The goal was the 275th power play goal of Ovechkin’s NHL career, allowing him to pass Dave Andreychuk for sole possession of first place on the NHL’s all-time power play goals list.

The goal was came at 17:10 of the third period, and was assisted by Evgeny Kuznetsov and Nicklas Backstrom.

The official scorers went back and fourth on whether the goal came during the power play or just after the power play expired, but finalized their decision some 45 minutes after the game had ended.

The power play goal was his sixth of the 2021-22 season and was his 23rd goal of the season. Ovechkin added an empty net goal near the end of the game, and is now is tied for first place in the NHL for goals with 24.

This goal was Ovechkin’s 1,369th NHL point which ties him with Johnny Bucyk for 25th on the all-time points list. His empty net goal later in the game allowed him to take over sole possession of 25th place in NHL points.

The 36-year-old forward is in his 17th NHL season and played his 1,227th game. His most recent power play goal was the 274th of his career, which tied Andreychuk, occurred on December 15 in a 5-4 Overtime loss against the Chicago Blackhawks.

“It’s going to be a very interesting moment for me and, I think, for the League just to get this (record) and be No. 1,” Ovechkin said in November.

He has had other notable scoring milestones this season including his 750th goal, which he scored on Dec. 4 in a 3-1 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Andreychuk retired in 2006 after playing 1,639 games in 23 NHL seasons.

“If he continued to stay healthy, and wanted to play, he was eventually going to go by me,” Andreychuk said. “So when that day comes, I had a good run. Let’s just say that. It’s been a while. It’s been fun. And to be put in that same class, as Phil Esposito (sixth with 246), Brett Hull (third with 265), and now Alex Ovechkin, I’m so very honored.”

In more milestones, it was also Ovechkin’s 119th career game-winning goal which surpassed Phil Esposito (118) for the third most in NHL history and is only behind Gordie Howe (121) and Jaromir Jagr (135). He also tied Mario Lemieux for the 3rd most multi-goal games (154).  With his two goals, he now has 1370 points, which passed Johnny Bucyk (1369) in career points so he now ranks 25th overall and second among left wingers in NHL history.  The left winger with the most points is  Luc Robitaille with 1394.

By Diane Doyle

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1 Response to Alex Ovechkin Passes Dave Andreychuk For Most Career Power Play Goals

  1. novafyre says:

    There are two bronze statues in Thunder Alley outside Amalie Arena. The first is of Phil Esposito, the Lightning’s founder. The second is of Dave Andreychuk, captain of the Stanley Cup winning team in 2004. With the Lightning loss in a shootout and the Caps win tonight, these two teams are tied for first place in the NHL.

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