Alex Ovechkin makes NHL history with record goal for Capitals
Alex Ovechkin added another outstanding feat to his future Hall of Fame hockey career.
Ovechkin scored his 787th goal with the Capitals against the Coyotes on Saturday, setting an NHL record for most goals scored by one franchise and surpassing Hall of Famer Gordie Howe’s career total with the Red Wings.
The three-time Hart Memorial Trophy (Most Valuable Player) winner scored the game-tying goal in the second period on a power play with assists from Trevor van Riemsdyk and Anthony Mantha. Ovechkin’s goal to break Howe’s record comes two days after he tied the Hall of Fame mark by recording his sixth goal of the season in the Capitals’ loss to Detroit.
Howe’s 786 goals came in 1,687 games with Detroit from 1946 to ’71. Ovechkin is just 16 goals shy of tying Howe for second on the NHL’s all-time scoring list. Wayne Gretzky leads this category with 894 goals.
Ovechkin, who signed a five-year, $47 million extension with Washington in July 2021, has spent 18 seasons with the Capitals. He has won nine scoring titles and received the 2018 Conn Smythe Trophy (NHL Playoff MVP) for helping Washington to its first Stanley Cup title. He also leads the organization in goals, games played and points.
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