Trailing 2-0 against the Dallas Stars early in the second period, the Washington Capitals finally got on the scoreboard with a power play goal from Alex Ovechkin. The goal was the 40th of the season for the Great Eight.
Just when you thought there were no more milestones for Alex Ovechkin to hit, Ovi tallies a goal to complete his 12th 40-goal season tying Wayne Gretzky’s NHL record. pic.twitter.com/TFGjat3toS
— NBC Sports Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) March 20, 2022
With his 12th career 40-goal season, Ovechkin has tied Wayne Gretzky for the most such instances in NHL history.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) March 20, 2022
The goal also marks Ovechkin’s first career goal against goaltender Jake Oettinger, the 156th different goalie Ovechkin has scored on in his career. There have been 6,701 skaters in NHL history with 156 or fewer goals in their career.
This additionally passes Wayne Gretzky (155) for the fifth most goaltenders an individual has scored on in his career.
The goal came on Ovechkin’s 6,001st career shot. He became just the second player in NHL history to record 6,000 shots on goal.