No. 8 at Number 3: Alex Ovechkin Scores 767th Career Goal to Pass Jaromir Jagr for Third Place in NHL History

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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.

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.

The NHL shared a message from Jagr, who played with the Capitals from 2001-04, who congratulated Ovechkin on passing him.

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.

Photo: @Capitals

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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2 Responses to No. 8 at Number 3: Alex Ovechkin Scores 767th Career Goal to Pass Jaromir Jagr for Third Place in NHL History

  1. novafyre says:

    We focus on the total goals, but as you point out, he keeps passing players and setting records in other categories.

    And as Alan commented postgame, Axel will be able to brag that he scored his first NHL goal on the same team in the same game as Alex moving to #3.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Awesome snipe. Traditional old school snipe off the faceoff.

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