With Alex Ovechkin tracking down NHL history, Jaromir Jagr is watching closely and waiting eagerly for the Washington Capitals captain to pass him on the NHL’s all-time goals list. In fact, he’s openly asking for it.
Jagr took to social media to voice his support for Ovechkin, who is currently tied with Jagr for third on the NHL’s all-time goals list with 766 goals. He struck twice in Calgary on Tuesday to reach the mark. And despite eight shots and a number of grade-A chances against the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday, Ovechkin couldn’t find twine to get the job done in Alberta.
“Come on Ovi, I already send a video to congratulate you, I need a motivation to come back,” Jagr wrote on Twitter. “I believe, every record has it own aura, own protection. Can anybody find out how many shots on net need Wayne Gretzky to beat Gordie Howe record (from 801 to 802)? That would be interesting.”
Come on Ovi ,I already send a video to congratulate you,I need a motivation to come back😳I believe, every record has it own aura, own protection.Can anybody find out how many shots on net need Wayne Gretzky to beat Gordie Howe record? ( from 801 to 802 )That would be interesting https://t.co/j3qripNWxq
— Jaromir Jagr (@68Jagr) March 10, 2022
Jagr’s last NHL goal — and his 766th marker — came back on Nov. 9, 2017, also at Scotiabank Saddledome. No. 68 was playing for the Flames in 2017-18 and struck against the Detroit Red Wings. It would be his last NHL marker and his lone strike of the campaign before heading back to Czech Extraliga to play with HC Kladno, the team he also owns.
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Through 57 games this season, Ovechkin has 36 goals and 34 assists, which rank fourth and eighth respectively. He is on pace for 98 points this season, which would be his highest total since a 100-plus point campaign in 2009-10.
Ovechkin will have his next opportunity against the Canucks on Friday. The Great 8 has struck in three of his last four games, with four goals over that span.