Russian Alex Ovechkin, author of a hat-trick in the night from Tuesday to Wednesday against the Chicago Blackhawks (7-3), became the third player in history to pass the 800 goal mark in the NHL.
The Washington Capitals’ victory over the Chicago Blackhawks (3-7) took a back seat overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday as it was marked by a new moment in history signed Alex Ovechkin (37). Author of a hat-trick (1st, 9th, 47th), the Russian became the third player in history to reach the bar of 800 goals scored in the NHL. He is now third in this ranking, behind two other legends, Canadians Gordie Howe, who died in 2016 (801 goals), and Wayne Gretzky (61, retired since 1999, 892 goals).
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He, who spent his entire American career with the Capitals, which he joined in 2005, is the first player to reach such a total of 800 goals with the same franchise, since Gordie Howe had stopped at 786 with the Red Wings ( 1946-1971) before registering 15 with Hartford (1979-80). Ovechkin hit that symbolic 800 goals on the night of his 1,305th NHL game, while Gretzky did after 1,116 on March 20, 1994.
It was also Ovechkin’s 29th hat-trick, the sixth-best performance in history, now ahead of Marcel Dionne and Bobby Hull. Already author of 20 goals this season, he is also the third player in NHL history to reach this total in at least 18 consecutive seasons (Howe has done so 22 times, Brendan Shanahan 19).
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