The Washington Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin was unable to score in Thursday night’s away 3-2 overtime victory against the Ottawa Senators, so he will have to wait for at least one more game before attempting to tie Gordie Howe for the No. 2 spot on the all-time NHL goals list. Ovechkin, who is currently the league’s all-time leader in shots on goal, was still able to shatter an NHL record.
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The Capitals shooter entered the Senators game with 6,206 goals overall, five fewer than the illustrious defenseman Ray Bourque, who competed in four different NHL decades. Ovechkin would end the game against the Senators with six shots to tie Bourque’s previous mark and then surpass it. In NHL history, only Ovechkin and Bourque have managed at least 6,000 shots on goal.
One of the all-time top scorers in the NHL is unquestionably Ovechkin. Even though he is still over 90 goals short of tying or surpassing Wayne Gretzky’s 894-goal league record, he is already undoubtedly the best in that category.
Speaking of The Great One, Gretzky ranks sixth all-time in shots on goal with 5,088 during 1,487 games played in his career. On the other hand, Ovechkin only needed 1,309 shots to complete all 6,211 shots on goal.
Gretzky was less of a goal-scorer than Ovechkin, and as a result, even if you took away all of Gretzky’s goals, he would still hold the record for most points in NHL history. On Friday night at home against the Winnipeg Jets, Ovechkin, who scored two assists against the Sens, will have the opportunity to score his 801st NHL goal.