More Milestones In Motown: A Look At Alex Ovechkin’s Latest Edits To NHL Record Book

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The Washington Capitals fell to the Detroit Red Wings, 3-1, Thursday night in the Motor City. And while the Capitals results have been somewhat underwhelming to start the 2022-23 season, Capitals’ captain Alex Ovechkin continues his attack on the NHL’s record book.

Ovechkin scored the 786th goal of his career, tying Gordie Howe for most goals with a single franchise. The marker came midway through the middle frame, giving the Capitals an early 1-0 lead.

Ovechkin needs just 14 more goals to reach the 800-goal plateau and 16 more goals to take over sole possession of second place on the NHL’s all-time career goals list.

Ovechkin achieved several other milestones on Thursday night. The goal was his 400th on the road, which is second only to Wayne Gretzky, who scored 402 goals away from home.

Ovechkin’s goal was also his first against Detroit goaltender, Ville Husso, who becomes the  161st goaltender on which he has scored against.

Ovechkin trails Jaromir Jagr (178), Patrick Marleau (177), and Mark Messier (164) but has played in nearly 500 fewer games. Marleau (1779) is first in NHL games played, Messier (1756) is third, and Jagr (1734)  is fourth. Ovechkin currently ranks 72nd in games played with 1286.

The goal was also the 1,420th point of Ovechkin’s career, which allowed him to tie Adam Oates for 19th place in career points. He is only five points behind Bryan Trottier (1425).

The Capitals have the day off on Friday and return to action Saturday night when they host the Arizona Coyotes at Capital One Arena. Puck drop is set for just after 7PM.

By Diane Doyle

About Diane Doyle

Been a Caps fan since November 1975 when attending a game with my then boyfriend and now husband.
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