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Ovechkin Climbs Multiple All-Time Lists With Two-Goal Night, 16th 30-Goal Year



The Capitals re-signed Ovechkin to a five-year deal.

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.

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.

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.

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