Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scored his 765th and 766th career goal in a come-from-behind 5-4 win against the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night. The two goals tie Jaromir Jagr for third place on the NHL’s all-time goals list.
Ovechkin’s first goal of the night, career goal #765, came with 6:38 left in the second period, to tie the game.
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The milestone-tying goal came at 18:12 of the third period. It was an empty net goal that occurred when the Caps were leading 4-3.
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Ovechkin’s 766th goal came in the same building where Jagr scored his 766th and final NHL goal (his only goal with the Flames).
The goals also marked Ovechkin’s 35th and 36th goals of the 2021-22 season, ranking him fourth in the league.
This milestone goal took place on the night that he and Backstrom played in their 1000th game together. Ovechkin now has 70 points (36 goals, 34 assists) in 55 Games Played this season.
Ovechkin needs one more goal to take over sole possession of third place on the all time list and is now behind just Gordie Howe (801), and Wayne Gretzky (894) in goals scored for his NHL career.
Ovechkin also recorded his 157th career multi-goal game against Calgary, leaving him one shy of tying Brett Hull (158) for the second-most multi-goal games in NHL history. As his second goal ended up as the game winner, it was his 120th game winning goal which puts him just one game winning goal behind Gordie Howe (121) for second place on the All-Time list for game winning goals. The only player with more game winning goals than Howe is Jaromir Jagr who had 136.
This has been a year of many milestones for Ovechkin, including tying and passing Marcel Dionne (731) on the all time goal scoring list, tying and passing Brett Hull (741), tying and passing Dave Andreychuk for first place for NHL power plays goals list, and playing in 1000 games with Nicklas Backstrom.
By Diane Doyle