It might not be the goalscoring record Washington Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin has in mind right now, but he now has the most road goals in NHL history.
Ovechkin broke the record midway through the first period of Tuesday night’s game against the Vancouver Canucks. He scored the goal in typical Ovechkin fashion, scoring on a timer set up by Dylan Strome as the Caps raced up the ice. He also tied the record just six minutes earlier with an unassisted goal, with both goals giving the Capitals a 2-0 lead in the game.
With those two goals, Ovechkin has now passed Wayne Gretzky for the most road goals of all time. They were Ovechkin’s 402nd and 403rd goals on the road, and he will have plenty of time to add to that record.
Of course, it’s not the goalscoring record that Ovechkin is aiming for. Those two goals give Ovechkin 793 all-time, 101 behind Wayne Gretzky for the most in NHL history. He also sits eight behind Gordie Howe for second all-time, which he will most likely pass by the end of this season.
Ovechkin is currently in the second year of a five-year contract with a cap of $9.5 million, so he still has plenty of avenue to try to break the record. Barring health issues, which Ovechkin managed to avoid for the vast majority of his NHL career, he has 270 games left on his contract to score the remaining 101 goals, so he will need to score at a 31-goal pace. to reach it. . And that’s assuming he doesn’t re-sign afterwards if he’s very close to trying to finish the job.
Breaking the record still seems likely for Ovechkin, given that he hasn’t slowed down yet despite being 37 years old. He’s scored 11 goals in 23 games this season, which puts him on pace for 39 on the year, and has even just completed a 50-goal season in 2021-22.