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Alex Ovechkin scored his seventh goal of the 2022-23 season against the Arizona Coyotes at home on Saturday night. The goal was the 787th goal of his career, which passes Gordie Howe for the all-time record for most goals with a single franchise.
Ovechkin scored the goal in the second period of the Capitals’ contest against the Coyotes, on assists from Trevor van Riemsdyk and Anthony Mantha on the power play.
Alex Ovechkin passes Gordie Howe for most goals scored with one franchise in @NHL history. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/ODD1JHkKFx
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) November 6, 2022
The goal marked his seventh goal of the season and the 787th goal of his career. It was also his 288th career power-play goal. Ovechkin tied Howe on the all-time list with one team in the Caps’ last game in Detroit against the Red Wings, Howe’s home for 25 seasons.
NO PLAYER HAS SCORED MORE GOALS WITH ONE FRANCHISE IN NHL HISTORY THAN ALEX OVECHKIN#ALLCAPS | @LeidosInc pic.twitter.com/rRfA2u0NZV
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) November 6, 2022
During the second intermission, Ovechkin spoke with NBC Sports Washington’s Al Koken on what the milestone means to him.
“It’s big history … It’s a special moment.”
🐐 energy #GR8 | @RealSmokinAl pic.twitter.com/SeLZ65JZvS
— NBC Sports Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) November 6, 2022
Ovechkin also surpassed former Capitals forward (and his former Head Coach) Adam Oates on the all-time Points list. In doing so, he also ties Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby.
With the goal, Ovechkin also passes Adam Oates (1,420) for the 19th-most points in NHL history.
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) November 6, 2022
Ovechkin is now 13 goals shy of the 800 mark for his career, and 15 from surpassing Howe’s 801 goals for second all-time in NHL history.
Most goals ever with the same team. How blessed are we? Thank you Alex. History made again. @ovi8 | @Capitals #ALLCAPS pic.twitter.com/4aLJbENWWT
— Ted Leonsis (@TedLeonsis) November 6, 2022
Saturday night’s milestone joins other notable Ovechkin milestones this year, which include tying Gordie Howe for first place in most goals for a single franchise in 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.
By Diane Doyle
Did I hear right that this also added another goalie to his list?
Checking on that one.
Karel Vejmelka and Ovi played last April but Ovi didn’t score. They played Oct 2021 and Ovi scored an empty netter. I don’t find any other time he has played Ovi. But this is brute force research, no guarantees.
Thanks Fyre, I’m twirling plates from all appendages right now.
I haven’t read about another notch on his gun in any article, and Diane who knows all Ovi records hasn’t mentioned it, but I still can’t find where Ovi scored on Karel before. Just curious where he is in that record. How close is he to another pass?
Ovi is a loyal dude, I think this record says that the most. Really dig that about him.
It goes both ways. The organization has been loyal to him as well. Some hate that we committed to veterans but says a lot. Big picture i love what Ted and the Caps have done. Still need to figure some things out.
The Greatest 8!