In the Company of Mr. Hockey: Alex Ovechkin Ties Gordie Howe For Most Goals Scored With One Franchise in Detroit

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On the night the Detroit Red Wings celebrated the 25th anniversary of their 1997 Stanley Cup victory, and on which he met the son of NHL great Gordie Howe, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin made history in the city in which “Mr. Hockey” spent most of his playing career.

With a second period goal against the Red Wings, Ovechkin tied Howe for having scored the most goals with one team, scoring his 786th career goal in a Washington sweater.

This was Ovechkin’s sixth goal of the season and the 786th goal of his career and tied Adam Oates (a former Capitals player and Head Coach) in career points with 1,420.

Thursday night’s milestone joins other notable Ovechkin milestones this year, which include passing Gordie Howe for second place on the All-Time List in game-winning goals, 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. He is now five behind Bryan Trottier on the all-time list.

Ovechkin now sits second in Road Goals Scored with 400, trailing only Wayne Gretzky in NHL history.

Ovechkin is just 16 goals away from passing Howe, who played 1,687 games over 25 seasons with Detroit, for second all-time in Goals Scored (Howe sits behind Gretzky’s 894 with 801).

The Red Wings highlighted the milestone in-game on their jumbotron, in a nod to the Capitals’ captain.

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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1 Response to In the Company of Mr. Hockey: Alex Ovechkin Ties Gordie Howe For Most Goals Scored With One Franchise in Detroit

  1. Diane Doyle says:

    Congrats to Ovi on his milestone. But this loss was VERY depressing as the Caps had so many glorious chances that they could not bury, due to hot goaltending, among other things.

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