Gaining Ground: Alex Ovechkin Scores Career Goal No. 763, Within Four of Passing Jaromir Jagr For Third All-Time

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On Thursday, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scored his 763rd career goal in the Capitals’ 4-0 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. Fourth all-time in NHL history in that category, the marker inches the 36-year old closer to yet another milestone marker.

The goal, which came on the power play at the 15:05 mark of the second period, moves Ovechkin within four of passing former NHL and Washington Capital Jaromir Jagr for third all-time in Goals Scored; Ovechkin’s goal was assisted by John Carlson and T.J. Oshie.

The goal also marked Ovechkin’s 33rd goal of the 2021-22 season, ranking him fourth in the league. The number is also notable when looking at Ovechkin’s pursuit of the all-time record of 894 goals, as it is the total number of goals the former first overall pick will need to average over the course of his five-year contract to surpass Wayne Gretzky.

Ovechkin now has 65 points (33 goals, 32 assists) in 54 Games Played this season. The Capitals’ captain has had a trying few weeks, from missing the 2022 All-Star Game due to contracting the coronavirus, the team’s struggles on-ice, and recently facing pressure from various sides as a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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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