Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scored his 767th career goal against the New York Islanders on Tuesday night. The goal moved him ahead of one-time Capital Jaromir Jagr (766) for sole possession of third place on the NHL’s all-time Goals list.
Ovechkin’s historic goal came at the 15:02 mark of the third period which gave the Capitals a short-lived 3-2 lead on a faceoff assist from Evgeny Kuznetsov.
This goal also marked Ovechkin’s 37th goal of the 2021-22 season, which ranks him fourth in the league behind Auston Matthews, Leon Draisaitl, and Chris Kreider. Ovechkin now has 72 points (37 goals, 35 assists) in 59 Games Played this season.
Alex Ovechkin scores his 767th career goal, passing Jaromir Jagr (766g) for the third most goals in NHL history. Ovechkin passes Jagr in 477 fewer games played.
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) March 16, 2022
The Great Eight now sits behind only Gordie Howe (801) and Wayne Gretzky (894) all-time in NHL history in lighting the lamp. He reached the mark in 477 few games then Jagr.
Alex Ovechkin now owns sole possession of third place on the NHL’s all-time goals list.
To continue his climb, @ovi8 will first have to become a member of the exclusive 800-goal club – which features only Wayne Gretzky and Gordie Howe. #NHLStats: https://t.co/VOkmyFwK7Q pic.twitter.com/8koSUmc0hN
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) March 16, 2022
The NHL shared a message from Jagr, who played with the Capitals from 2001-04, who congratulated Ovechkin on passing him.
A very special congratulations from Jaromir Jagr to Alex Ovechkin (plus a little surprise at the end). 😉 pic.twitter.com/HGgSlqRTaQ
— NHL (@NHL) March 16, 2022
The goal was also his 1,392nd NHL point which allowed him to pass Brett Hull for 23rd in career NHL points and places him just two points behind Luc Robitaille (1,394) for 22nd points.
His teammates indicated that it’s fun for them to watch Ovechkin’s milestones. Prior to achieving this particular milestone, T.J. Oshie shared his opinion, “To be a part of that, it feels like you’re really, truly a part of hockey history here. First and foremost, since I’ve been here for a while [seven seasons], I feel like my friendship with ‘O’ has really grown and I respect the hell out of him. But to see what he’s doing and see him go for this is really a treat to watch. It’s like watching your favorite show that you can binge, except that you get to watch it 82 times a year.”
This has been a year of many milestones for Ovechkin, including tying and passing Marcel Dionne (731), tying and passing Brett Hull (741), tying and passing Jaromir Jagr (766) in career goals, tying and passing Dave Andreychuk for first place for NHL power plays goals list, playing in 1,000 games with Nicklas Backstrom, and tying Brett Hull for NHL career points (1391).
He is also closing in on the 40-goal threshold, which would be his 12th season of achieving that milestone and would tie him with Gretzky for that accomplishment. He is also closing in on the 1,400 NHL point milestone (eight points away) which would make him only the 21st player to reach that milestone. When he achieves that milestone, he would also pass Jarri Kurri (1,398) in NHL career points.
Alex Ovechkin is the only player in NHL history who has played 1,000+ career regular-season games without ever having a goal drought longer than 10 games.
By Diane Doyle
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