The Washington Capitals saw Alex Ovechkin make history yet again on Friday, netting his 275th career power-play goal to close out 2021 in a big win over the Detroit Red Wings. The marker officially moved him past Dave Andreychuk for the most power-play goals in NHL history.
In response, the Capitals and NHL took to social media to congratulate the Great 8 on becoming the NHL’s top power-play scorer of all time.
Nicklas Backstrom honored his long-time linemate and good friend, while also making Capitals fans emotional.
“Bro, [Ovechkin] all-time leader in power-play goals. Keep doing what you are doing. I’m so happy for you that you reached that goal. Big milestone,” he wrote, adding a heart emoji at the end and the hashtag, “He’s got other goals in mind.”
— Nicklas Backstrom (@backstrom19) January 1, 2022
T.J. Oshie took to Twitter soon after the win to honor Ovechkin.
“Can’t wait to tell the grandkids I was on the ice for this one. The Legend continues!!” Oshie wrote.
— TJ Oshie (@TJOshie77) January 1, 2022
John Carlson, who was also on the ice for the historic strike, shouted out No. 8.
“Congrats to the greatest to ever do it,” he wrote.
— John Carlson (@JohnCarlson74) January 1, 2022
Team owner Ted Leonsis also paid tribute to Washington’s longtime captain and face of the franchise.
“Another historic milestone in the hall of fame career of [Ovechkin],” he noted.
Another historic milestone in the hall of fame career of @ovi8. Not only did the @Capitals get the win, but @ovi8 scored his 275th career power goal, making him the @NHL's all-time leader in power play goals! Congratulation's Alex!#ALLCAPS https://t.co/Kj38PPrcwq
— Ted Leonsis (@TedLeonsis) January 1, 2022
The team, NHL and NHLPA additionally gave stick taps to the Great 8.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) January 1, 2022
There's a lot of reasons why they call Alex Ovechkin “The Great Eight”, and now we can add most power-play goals in NHL history to the list.
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) January 1, 2022
— NHLPA (@NHLPA) January 1, 2022
Ovechkin’s power-play goal was also his 119th career game-winning goal, moving him past Phil Esposito for the third-most GWGs in NHL history. He also notched an empty netter minutes later for his 154th career multi-goal game, passing Mario Lemieux for the third-most of all time. His 24 goals this season are also tied for first in the NHL with Leon Draisaitl.
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Not only that, but he has hit the 50-point mark yet again, and with two more points, he moved to 1,370 career points, moving him past Johnny Bucyk for 25th on the league’s all-time points list.