Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has made NHL history once again in the building where he won his first Stanley Cup just a few years ago.
Ovechkin dished two goals in Wednesday’s tilt with the Vegas Golden Knights, giving him his ninth career 50-goal season. His tally tied him with Wayne Gretzky and Mike Bossy for the most 50-goal seasons in NHL history. Ovi also passed Teemu Selanne for the most goals in a single season for players 36 and older.
Goal No. 50 of the 2021-22 campaign came 13:36 minutes into the third period, where Ovechkin picked up a great pass from Dmitry Orlov and used his time and space to rocket a shot past Logan Thompson to make it 3-3. Ovechkin’s shot was going 101 miles per hour.
Here’s the play where it all happened:
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He is the fourth player to hit the 50-goal mark this season and is tied with Chris Kreider for third in NHL scoring this year.
In the big picture, Ovi is now 20 goals shy of 800, 22 goals shy of Gordie Howe and 115 goals shy of breaking Gretzky’s all-time NHL goal-scoring record.