Late Thursday night against the Bruins our fearless leader etched his name closer in the history books in another goal scoring category. The power play since the Caps drafted Ovechkin has been a vital piece of this teams success, most teams when they go on the power play obviously know their chances of scoring increase, but with the Caps having a guy like Ovi those chances almost double and as a fan its almost a surprise if they don’t score on the powerplay if Ovi gets even one chance to get a shot on net. Its clockwork at this point, opponents and fans know exactly where Ovi will be every powerplay and that’s near the left circle waiting for a one timer and teams still can’t defend it after all these years. When you really think about it it truly is insane that teams can’t defend him in that area.
This goal half way through the second period gave Ovi his 20th goal of the season and to 266 career power powerplay goals which moved him past Brett Hull for second all-time in power play goals and is now only eight behind Hall of Famer Dave Andreychuk for the most in NHL history. This is very doable for Ovi to take the all-time lead before the season ends, because as you know goals come in bunches and Alex is hot right now! (13 goals in his last 17 games)
His goal came against Jeremy Swayman, which is the 146th different goaltender Ovi has scored against in his career, though it wasn’t enough to get the Caps the win falling 4-2 to the Bruins.
To give you perspective on how Ovi is and will be the best pure goals scorer in NHL history. There have been 6,487 skaters in NHL history who have scored 146 or fewer goals in their career. Such as Paul Bissonnette who only had 7 career goals in 202 games played, stick taps for Biz.
Not only did Ovi move up the all-time power play list he also became the eighth player in NHL history to have 16 plus consecutive 20 goal seasons.
Based on this list and how long Ovi is expected to keep playing if he has any shot of passing Gretzky on the all-time goal scoring list, I believe he also will pass Gordie Howe on this list as well. This was also Ovi’s 726th of his career which now makes him five goals away from tying Marcel Dionne (731) for fifth on the NHL’s all-time goals list.