WASHINGTON, D.C. — With each game, it appears that Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin continues to hit different milestones, and he did so again on Wednesday.
Late in the first period against the sniped Bay Lightning, Ovechkin charged into the offensive zone and tried to get a shot on goal. He ended up tracking down his rebound loose in front and chipped the puck in front past Andrei Vasilevskiy to make it 3-1 for the Capitals. It was the 36-year-old’s 43rd goal of the season and his 1,400th career NHL point. His goal also moved him past Phil Esposito for the third-most goals in NHL history by a player aged 36 or older.
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Ovechkin is just the 21st player in NHL history to reach that milestone. With an assist in Sunday’s game against Minnesota, Ovechkin passed Jari Kurri for 21st on the NHL’s all-time points list. He is now 10 points shy of passing Dale Hawerchuk for 20th.
The Great 8 also continues to climb the NHL’s all-time goals list. He now sits just 27 goals away from 800 in his career and is 29 away from passing Gordie Howe and 122 red lights from breaking Wayne Gretzky’s all-time record.