Alex Ovechkin has done it. The Washington Capitals captain struck twice on Tuesday against the Calgary Flames, moving him into a tie with Jaromir Jagr for the third-most goals in NHL history.
Ovechkin picked up a goal early in the second to tie the game 2-2, when he got the puck in front and fired a shot high past Dan Vladar. He then struck on an empty net to make it 5-3 late for the Capitals and hit the milestone. When it comes to the big picture, the 36-year-old is 129 red lights away from passing Wayne Gretzky for the NHL’s all-time goals record.
Ironically enough, Ovechkin is the second player to hit 766-goal mark at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The last to do so was Jaromir Jagr back on Nov. 9, 2017. That was his last season in the NHL and the only goal he recorded through 22 games with Calgary. The 50-year-old is currently in the Czech Extraliga, where he is the owner and a player for HC Kladno.
ALEX OVECHKIN TIES IT UP!!
Makes a big hit to knock the puck loose, fires it top shelf in typical Ovi fashion 👀 pic.twitter.com/RYkm6grEU1
— NBC Sports Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) March 9, 2022
— Capitals Replays (@capsreplays) March 9, 2022
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Ovechkin is now up to 36 goals and 70 points on the season and is on pace for 51 goals and his first 100-point campaign since 2009-10. In total, he has 766 goals and is 129 tallies away from catching Wayne Gretzky and breaking the NHL’s all-time goals record.
“It’s just nonstop. Every time he’s in a game, every time he’s on the ice, on the bench, if we don’t get a shift, he’s like, ‘Let’s go,’” Tom Wilson said of Ovechkin back on Saturday. “He wants to score again. It’s just nonstop. He just has a drive that I’ve never seen before, and it shows in his game. He just keeps going, and he’s a machine.