Whenever Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scores, it appears that he hits a different milestone or accomplishment with each puck that goes by. Tuesday was no different, as the Great 8 got back on the board after a bit of a lull and dished a power-play goal and empty netter for a crucial 4-1 victory and even more feats to add to his record book.
With a power-play goal from his “office,” Ovechkin hit the 30-goal mark for the 16th time in his NHL career. He now has the second-most 30-goal seasons in NHL history, moving him past Jaromir Jagr and putting him just one behind Mike Gartner.
Alex Ovechkin. From the office. On the power play.
*insert Leo DiCaprio pointing at the TV meme* pic.twitter.com/F09jlBEdEH
— NBC Sports Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) February 16, 2022
Ovechkin has scored under 30 goals in just one season, and that was last year after COVID-19 and a late injury limited him to 45 games.
The Russian is also the only player in NHL history to record 16 30-goal seasons with one franchise and has the most 30-plus goal campaigns among active players.
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After the power-play goal, Ovechkin wasn’t done for the night. He added an empty-netter near the end of regulation to seal the deal, giving the Capitals an eventual 4-1 win.
The goal marked the 31st of the season, and he now ranks third in goals this season. That empty-netter was also the 479th even-strength goal of Ovechkin’s career and moved him past Marcel Dionne for the fourth-most even-strength tallies in NHL history.
— Capitals Replays (@capsreplays) February 16, 2022
With another multi-goal game, Ovechkin now has 156 career games with at least two goals. That moves him within two games of tying Brett Hull for the second-most multi-goal games of all time.
Looking at the big picture, Ovechkin now sits at 761 goals and is now six away from passing Jagr for third on the NHL’s all-time goals list. He is 134 red lights away from passing Wayne Gretzky for the all-time NHL goal-scoring record.