Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin’s two goals on Friday were the second-most goals in NHL history, overtaking hockey legend Gordy Howe to add another feat to his assured Hall of Fame career. I was.
In front of a friendly home crowd against the Winnipeg Jets, Ovechkin scored on a wrist shot to give Washington a 1-0 lead and tie Howe with an 801 career goal. , the 37-year-old gave a standing ovation as he slid onto the bench to greet his teammates.
Goal number 802 was an empty net late in the third period. The Capitals went on to defeat the Jets, 4-1.
Last week, Ovechkin became just the third player in NHL history to hold the record for 894 goals, joining Howe and Wayne Gretzky.
Ovechkin was drafted 1st overall by the Capitals in the 2004 NHL Draft. He is the Capitals franchise his leader in games played, goals, points, playoff games, playoff goals, and playoff points.
According to the NHL, Ovechkin is the only player in league history to win the Stanley Cup and has the following individual stats:
- Conn Smythe Trophy as Playoff MVP
- Hart Memorial Trophy as League MVP
- Ted Lindsay Award as Players’ Choice League MVP
- Calder Award for League Rookie of the Year
- Wins the Art Ross Trophy as the top scorer in the league
- Maurice Richard Trophy as the league’s leading goalscorer.