It seems like with each game comes another milestone for Alex Ovechkin — and New Year’s Eve was no different. To close out 2021, the Washington Capitals captain net his 275th career power-play goal, breaking Dave Andreychuk’s record for the most in NHL history.
And, unsurprisingly, he stayed modest when asked about becoming the greatest power-play scorer of all time.
“Yeah I mean it’s a great moment for me, for the team, for the fans, for the game as well and you know now it’s over and we move on,” he said postgame.
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Ovechkin is no stranger to humble responses when it comes to his mounting milestones. When he picked up his 600th career assist and tied Brett Hull for fourth on the NHL’s all-time goal list in November, he remained cool and collected, soft-spoken.
“I just take it day-by-day,” Ovechkin said. “You know, it’s nice to be in that company. It’s pretty big numbers, so just move on.”
Then, when he hit No. 750 against the Columbus Blue Jackets, he declared it was a “pretty cool number.”
“Just keep going. Move on,” he said simply.
The goal marked Ovechkin’s 23rd of the season and the 119th game-winner of his career, moving him past Phil Esposito for the third-most GWGs in NHL history. Not only that, but with an empty netter minutes later, he picked up his 154th multi-goal outing of his career, he tied with Mario Lemieux for the third-most NHL multi-goal games of all time. In the bigger picture, he’s at 754 goals, just 141 red lights away from passing No. Wayne Gretzky.
Ovechkin’s 24 goals this season are tied with Leon Draisaitl for first in the NHL. His 50 points on the season rank third, and he sits just two points behind Connor McDavid for the lead.
Washington topped Detroit 3-1 thanks to Ovechkin’s two-goal game and a multi-point outing for Evgeny Kuznetsov.