Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin passes Gordie Howe for second-most goals

WASHINGTON — Alex Ovechkin handed Gordie Howe for second on the NHL career goals listing Friday evening, scoring his 802nd into an empty internet with a minute left within the third interval of the Washington Capitals’ sport towards the Winnipeg Jets.

After tying Howe earlier within the sport and seconds after hitting the put up along with his first empty-net try, Ovechkin fired and related from contained in the blue line for No. 802. Teammates leapt off the bench to rejoice, and followers rose to their toes and chanted, “Ovi! Ovi!”

A video tribute from Howe’s son, Mark, adopted. Gordie Howe died in 2016 at age 88.

“We want to congratulate you on such a fantastic achievement,” Mark Howe mentioned. “You’ve been a pleasure to watch.”

Ovechkin is now 92 goals from tying Wayne Gretzky’s document of 894 that lengthy appeared unapproachable.

“What he’s done year after year, the consistency, and him being able to produce the way he’s consistently done, it’s pretty remarkable,” mentioned Toronto star Auston Matthews, the NHL’s reigning MVP who scored 60 goals final season. “Every year he always plays every game like it’s his last. He’s just a horse out there. He loves to score goals, and I think that’s been pretty evident throughout his career. You can just tell.”

Alex Ovechkin celebrates after scoring against the Jets.
Alex Ovechkin celebrates after scoring towards the Jets.
Gordie Howe
Gordie Howe
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And Ovechkin doesn’t intend on stopping any time quickly. He’s signed for three extra years after this season in hopes of surpassing 894 goals.

“He scores in bunches more than anyone ever, and that’s probably why he is where he is right now,” Washington defenseman John Carlson mentioned. “This history, the people (he’s passing), you’re like, holy smokes, you get to play with a guy for 13 years that is beating these guys in the history books. It’s pretty cool stuff.”

Ovechkin’s 801st purpose was his 52nd — essentially the most of any opponent — in 71 video games towards the Jets/Atlanta Thrashers franchise. He additionally scored his 600th purpose at house towards Winnipeg.

Jets affiliate coach Scott Arniel, who spent the earlier 4 seasons as a Capitals, assistant, mentioned he discovered rapidly that Ovechkin “doesn’t stop.”

“He’s such a driven guy when he goes out to play,” Arniel mentioned. “(He is not) just a slap shot, one-timer guy standing on the side on the power play. I saw all the goals he scored standing in front of the net. Even the hat trick he got in Chicago, all three were right there. He’s done a lot of that as well.”

Ovechkin scored in his first sport going through David Rittich, who turned the 166th NHL goaltender he has crushed for a purpose throughout his 18-year career. Only Jaromir Jagr at 178 and Patrick Marleau at 177 have scored towards extra goalies.

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