While Jaromir Jagr got all the headlines Thursday after scoring his 750th career goal, Alex Ovechkin quietly made some history of his own. In the third period, Ovechkin deflected a Matt Niskanen point shot past Roberto Luongo. The goal gave the Caps a 3-2 lead. After Marcus Johansson added an insurance goal late, the Caps defeated the Panthers 4-2.
Ovechkin’s goal would stand up as the game winner.
The game-winning goal was Ovechkin’s 90th of his career, tying him with Capitals’ Hall of Famer Mike Gartner for 18th all time. When Ovi scores game-winning goal number 91, he will tie Wayne Gretzky, the greatest player of all time, and Mark Recchi, who played until he was 43. Jaromir Jagr leads the list with 133 GWGs.
Here’s the full leaderboard.
The Russian machine also notched a milestone on Tuesday. Ovi scored a power play goal and tallied an assist, marking his 280th career multi-point game. That put Ovechkin fifth all-time amongst active NHL players, trailing only Jaromir Jagr (533), Joe Thornton (363), Jarome Iginla (321) and Marian Hossa (289). In addition, Ovechkin (196) now sits four power-play goals shy of becoming the 18th player in NHL history to score 200.
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