Alex Ovechkin scored the game-winning goal in the Capitals’ 6-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Monday night. The goal was the 122nd game-winner of his career, allowing him to pass Gordie Howe for second place on the all-time list. The only player with more game-winners is Jaromir Jagr, who scored 135.
Alex Ovechkin’s second-period goal stands as the game winner. It marks Ovechkin’s 122nd career game-winning goal, moving him past Gordie Howe for the second-most game-winning goals in NHL history. Ovechkin only trails Jaromir Jagr (135) for the most GWGs in NHL history.
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At 17:14 into the second period, Ovechkin blasted a one-timer past the blocker of Mackenzie Blackwood. John Carlson passed the puck to him from the top. Dylan Strome had the secondary assist.
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The goal increased the Capitals’ lead to 4-1. As the Devils scored two more goals during the game, Ovechkin’s goal was the game-winner.
This was Ovechkin’s third goal of the season and the 783rd goal of his career. It was also his 287th career power-play goal.
Monday night’s milestone joins other notable Ovechkin milestones this year, which include passing Brett Hull (158) for sole possession of second place on the all-time list for multi-goal games and passing Doug Gilmour (1,414) in NHL career points.
Ovechkin needs three more goals to tie and four to pass Gordie Howe (786) for the most goals for a single franchise, needs 17 more goals to reach the 800-goal threshold, 18 more goals to tie Howe (801) for second place on the all-time list, and 19 more goals to be in sole possession of second place on the All-Time list.
Ovechkin needs to record four more points to tie Adam Oates (1420) in NHL career points and nine more points to tie Bryan Trottier (1425).
By Diane Doyle