The G.O.A.T. Gains A Goalie: Alex Ovechkin Notches Goal No. 788 Against Edmonton Oilers, Has Scored on A New Goalie In Three Straight Games

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As if tying and surpassing Gordie Howe as the NHL’s all-time leader in Goals Scored with one franchise wasn’t impressive enough, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has been on an absolute tear in the team’s last handful of games. With Goal No. 788 on Monday night against the Edmonton Oilers, The Great Eight continued his torrid stretch by scoring on yet another new goaltender.

With just five seconds gone by on the Caps’ fourth power play opportunity of the night, Ovechkin potted his eighth goal of the 2022-23 regular season and 788th of his career on assists from Erik Gustafsson and Evgeny Kuznetsov.

The goal came against Oilers goaltender Stuart Skinner, who became the 163rd different goalie to allow an Ovechkin howitzer behind him. He is also the third straight netminder on which the Capitals’ captain has scored on for the first time in the past three contests; it marks the seventh such instance in which this has occurred.

Ovechkin is now 12 goals shy of 800 for his career. The goal gave the Caps a 4-2 lead heading into the second intermission.

Ovechkin’s night continued to be eventful, with a prime and impressive opportunity against two Oilers defenders, and a beauty of an assist on a goal by Kuznetsov.

 

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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4 Responses to The G.O.A.T. Gains A Goalie: Alex Ovechkin Notches Goal No. 788 Against Edmonton Oilers, Has Scored on A New Goalie In Three Straight Games

  1. novafyre says:

    YES, I was right. This was the third new goalie notch on Ovi’s stick.

    Last April Caps PR tweeted: Ovechkin’s 159 goaltenders scored on ranks fourth in NHL history, only trailing Jaromir Jagr (178), Patrick Marleau (177) and Mark Messier (164).

    So one more goalie notch ties Messier for third.

    And he has a chance to score against Vee and Sammy.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Ovi ate his wheaties this morning. He looked like a young whopper-snapper out there. We

  3. novafyre says:

    Ovi’s longevity is so impressive. Jeremy Brodeur, Martin’s son, was goalie for Stingrays’ first game this year. Now, I don’t see him in an NHL uniform soon, but the possibility is there that Ovi could score goals against father and son.

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