Russian legend Ovechkin becomes the 3rd top scorer in history

Capitals star Alex Ovechkin became the third-highest scorer in North American Ice Hockey League (NHL) history on Tuesday, his 767th goal contributing to Washington’s win over the New York Islanders (4- 3 after extra time).

The 36-year-old Russian overtook the Czech Jaromir Jagr to climb on the prestigious podium where two Canadians are enthroned: the legendary Wayne Gretzky (894 goals) and the illustrious Gordie Howe (801).

He scored his goal in the third period on Tuesday to put his team ahead 3-2. It was his 37th goal this season, in 59 games.

The Russian, an idol of Capitals fans, is facing criticism for his close relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin and his refusal to condemn his country’s invasion of Ukraine.

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