Alex Ovechkin scored two goals in the Washington Capitals’ 6-4 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Monday night, giving him 159 career multi-goal games. The tallies allowed him to pass Brett Hull for sole possession of second place on the all-time list for multi-goal games. Only Wayne Gretzky remains ahead with 189 multi-goal games.
Ovechkin scored his first goal just 56 seconds into the game while the Caps were on the power play. This goal was the 286th power-play goal of his career, further extending his league record for power play goals.
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Ovechkin scored his second goal at 17:02 of the third period for a much-needed insurance goal, which put the Caps ahead 6-4.
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Taking over sole possession of second place in multi-goal games wasn’t Ovechkin’s only milestone of the night. As noted, he scored within the first minute of the game for the 11th time in his career. The only players with more goals in the first minute of a game are: Sidney Crosby (13), Mark Messier (13), Dave Taylor (12), Phil Esposito (12) & Gordie Howe (12).
Alex Ovechkin scored 56 seconds into the first period, marking his 11th career goal in the opening minute of regulation. The only players with more: Sidney Crosby (13), Mark Messier (13), Dave Taylor (12), Phil Esposito (12) & Gordie Howe (12).#NHLStats: https://t.co/uLOvKS19u7 pic.twitter.com/einqIZuvYe
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Ovechkin’s career goal total now sits at 782. He is now just four goals behind Gordie Howe for the most goals for a single franchise at 786. Howe scored 786 of his 801 as a member of the Detroit Red Wings.
Ovechkin also recorded two assists against the Canucks, giving him four points for the game and 1,415 for his career, which allowed him to pass Doug Gilmour (1,414) and tie Sidney Crosby (1,415) for 19th place in career NHL points.
Ovechkin is five points behind Adam Oates (1,420), and ten points behind Brian Trottier (1,425). Passing Trottier would give him sole possession of 17th place in NHL points.
Dylan Strome, who assisted on Ovechkin’s first goal, is now the 105th different player to record an assist on an Ovechkin goal during the regular season.
Ovechkin was awarded the postgame victory rope.
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