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Capitals' Alex Ovechkin NHL All-Time Goals Tracker

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Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin NHL All-Time Goals Tracker Originally Appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

Great 8 is aiming for 800.

Alex Ovechkin, known as ‘The Great Eight’ after Wayne Gretzky’s ‘The Great One’, will become only the third player in NHL history to reach 800 goals. He entered the 2022-2023 season with 780 goals in 17 seasons. With each score he’s scored this season, he’s one step closer to joining Gretzky (894) and Gordy his Howe (801) at hockey’s most exclusive club.

With every goal the 37-year-old Ovechkin scores, he comes closer to Gretzky’s record of 894 goals, once believed to be unbreakable.

Ovechkin, who has spent his entire career with the Washington Capitals, will soon break Howe’s record for most points with a team. Howe scored 786 goals for the Detroit Reds in his 25th season with the Wings, then another 15 with the Hartford Whalers.

As Ovechkin makes history, let’s take a look at his respective goals this season…

781 – Ovechkin has kept a clean sheet in the first three games of the 2022-2023 season. That changed very quickly in the fourth game when he scored a power play goal in just 56 seconds.

It was Ovechkin’s 286th career power play goal, breaking his previous record.

How many goals has Alex Ovechkin scored?

Ovechkin has nearly 800 goals in his career, with 50 in nine seasons, matching the record shared by Gretzky and New York Islanders legend Mike Bossey.

Last season, Ovechkin became the oldest player in NHL history to score 50 goals in a single season.

He also tied Gretzky’s record for his 12th 40-goal season.

How many goals does Alex Ovechkin need to pass Wayne Gretzky?

The Great 8 will need 114 goals to break the Great One record, which has stood since 1999.

Gretzky passed Howe for his 802nd career goal in his 15th season in 1994 and finished his career with 894 goals in 1999.

If Ovechkin stays healthy and continues to score at his normal pace, he could probably surpass Gretzky by the end of the 2023-2024 season.

When did Alex Ovechkin score his first goal?

The first pick in the 2004 NHL Draft, Ovechkin wasted little time finding the back of the net.

He scored two goals in the second period of the Capitals’ first NHL game on October 5, 2005, in a 3–2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. He finished the season with his 52 goals and 54 assists. He is the third-most goals scored by a rookie, behind Thiem Seranne (76) and Mike Bossey (53).

What is Alex Ovechkin’s most goals scored in a season?

Ovechkin scored a career-high 65 goals in his third season. Many have achieved it before him, and NHL history has his 23 more goals his 65-plus goals his season elsewhere.

Most goals scored in one season? Wayne Gretzky scored 92 goals in the 1981-1982 season, as you might have guessed. He is one of only three players to reach the 80 goal plateau. Brett Hull scored 86 goals between 1990 and 1991. Mario Lemieux scored 85 goals in 1988-1989.

Who is the NHL’s all-time leading scorer?

Take a look at the 25 greatest goalscorers in NHL history.

1. Wayne Gretzky: 894

2. Gordy Howe: 801

3. Alex Ovechkin: 781

4. Jaromir Jagger: 766

5. Brett Hull: 741

6. Marcel Dionne: 731

7. Phil Esposito: 717

8. Mike Gartner: 708

9. Mark Messier: 694

10. Steve Yzerman: 692

11. Mario Lemieux: 690

12. Temseranne: 684

13. Luc Robitaille: 668

14. Brendan Shanahan: 656

15. Dave Andreychuk: 640

T-16. Joe Sakic: 625

T-16. Jaromé Iginla: 625

18. Bobby Hull: 610

19. Dino Ciccarelli: 608

20. Yarikuri: 601

21. Mark Recchi: 577

22. Mike Bossey: 573

23. Patrick Marraux: 566

T-24. Joe Niewendik: 564

T-24. Mats Sundin: 564

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