WASHINGTON — With Alex Ovechkin approaching Gordie Howe's goals record, his sons Mark and Marty Howe travelled to D.C. to watch him pursue goals No. 801 and 802 as he and the Washington Capitals faced "Mr. Hockey's" former team in the Detroit Red Wings.
Ovechkin didn't find twine in the eventual 4-3 overtime victory for Washington but had quite a few good looks, including a backhander that rang off the pipe.
Regardless, the Howe brothers were just excited to see Ovechkin work toward climbing the NHL's all-time goals list, and they want to see him pass their father, who they say would have been at the game and rooting for the Capitals captain on Monday if he were still alive.
"He has brought the sport of hockey and the Caps name to a whole different level in this city," Mark said of No. 8.
After the game, Mark and Marty went down to the locker room to meet with Ovechkin. They had a good conversation and ultimately, Mark and Marty Howe met Sergei and Ilya Ovechkin as two hockey families came together at Capital One Arena.
NBC Sports Washington's Al Koken caught the moment on camera. Ovechkin also gave both Marty and Mark sticks he used in the game.
"The Howe boys are in town, there's a lot of pressure on him," Mark laughed. "It's fun to watch. It's part of hockey history, so it's nice to be a part of."