Alex Ovechkin is still chasing down Wayne Gretzky’s all-time goals record, and while he was at it, he broke another all-time scoring record to close out 2021. On New Year’s Eve against Detroit, the Great 8 fired home his 275h career power-play goal in the dying seconds of Washington’s third man advantage of the night to pass Dave Andreychuk for the most PPGs of all time.
Ovechkin’s PPG came right at the end of the Capitals’ third power play of the game, as he rocketed home a one-timer from point position that trickled past Thomas Greiss. It marked his 23rd goal of the season and 753rd career goal. He later dished an empty netter for his 24th goal of the season, tying Leon Draisaitl for the league lead in goals.
The Capitals captain is now the greatest power-play goal scorer in the history of the Show. And, in the bigger picture, he now sits 141 red lights behind No. 99 for the most goals in NHL history.
— NHL (@NHL) January 1, 2022
Ovechkin also has 50 points now on the season through 33 games, good for third in the NHL and just two points behind Connor McDavid for the league lead. The PPG was additionally Ovechkin’s 119th career game-winning goal, moving him past Phil Esposito for the third-most GWG in league history.
Washington left Little Caesar’s Arena with a big 3-1 victory over Detroit. Here are all the takeaways from the win.