The Washington Capitals have seen Alex Ovechkin make history once again, as he has tied Gordie Howe for the most goals with one franchise in NHL history. And even better, he did it in style, in front of Mr. Hockey’s son, Mark, against Howe’s Detroit Red Wings, right under where Howe’s No. 9 hangs in the rafters in the team’s home arena.
Ovechkin’s tally came in the first half of the second period of Thursday’s tilt against the Red Wings. He picked up a great feed from Evgeny Kuznetsov and fired a perfect shot to make it 1-0 and get his milestone goal.
Here’s the strike:
No. 786 for Alex Ovechkin as he ties Gordie Howe for the most goals with one franchise.
Caps lead 1-0 pic.twitter.com/lyFnaLvI1H
— NBC Sports Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) November 4, 2022
It took the Great 8 just 1,286 games to reach 786 career goals with his team. Howe took 1,687 games to hit that mark with Detroit, so it took Ovechkin 401 fewer games.
Ovechkin is now on a four-game point streak and has six goals and four assists for 10 points in 12 games to open 2022-23. He is just 14 goals away from 800, 16 from passing Howe for the second-most goals in NHL history and 109 goals from breaking Wayne Gretzky’s all-time goal-scoring record. That goal was also road goal No. 400, moving him two away from tying Gretzky for the most road goals of all time.
The 37-year-old captain also took the time pregame to meet Gordie’s son, who said the Howe family wishes him the best as he pursues his goal to become the greatest goal scorer of all time.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) November 3, 2022
Last season, Ovechkin hit another NHL milestone in Motor City, breaking the all-time power-play goals record on Dec. 31, 2021 against the Wings.
During the second intermssion, the Capitals captain spoke to NBC Sports Washington’s Al Koken on hitting that milestone in Howe’s city and said it crossed his mind about reaching 786 in Motor City.
“It’s pretty special moment,” he told Koken, adding, “Yeah I thought about it, it’d be nice all time, but it’d be much cooler if I pass him here,” he added.