Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin is now up to 802 goals. He reached 800 with a hat trick against the Chicago Blackhawks on Dec. 13 and 802 with two goals against the Winnipeg Jets on Dec. 23 to tie and overtake Gordie Howe in second on the all-time NHL goals list.
Go inside Ovechkin’s journey to 800 — and what comes next — with our Ovechkin 800 project, narrated by Emily Kaplan.
Ovi is now second in goals behind Wayne Gretzky (894). The next highest active player on the list is Sidney Crosby, at No. 34 with 536 goals. With his 787th goal, Ovechkin set the record for most goals scored with the same franchise. With goal No. 793, he passed Gretzky for the most goals scored on the road for a career (403).
Follow along here as Ovi scores his way up the record books, including a schedule of upcoming games and highlight videos of goals No. 787 and beyond.
The NHL’s top 10 in career goals
1. Wayne Gretzky (894)
2. Alex Ovechkin (802)
3. Gordie Howe (801)
4. Jaromir Jagr (766)
5. Brett Hull (741)
6. Marcel Dionne (731)
7. Phil Esposito (717)
8. Mike Gartner (708)
9. Mark Messier (694)
10. Steve Yzerman (692)
Take a look back at the greatest eight goals from Alexander Ovechkin’s career.
Goals No. 801 and 802
Alex Ovechkin moves into a tie with Gordie Howe for second-most goals in NHL history at 801.
With one minute remaining in the third period, Ovechkin scored his 802nd goal with an assist from Evgeny Kuznetsov, putting him alone in second place on the all-time goals list.
Alex Ovechkin fires in an empty-netter to surpass Gordie Howe for second-most most goals in NHL history with 802.
Goals No. 798, 799 and 800
Alex Ovechkin finds the net 24 seconds into the game for goal 798 as the Capitals lead 1-0.
Later in the first period, Ovi found paydirt again, this time a power-play goal assisted by Sheary and Sonny Milano.
Alex Ovechkin notches goal 799 and his second of the game as the Capitals pad their lead to 2-0.
Alex Ovechkin gets his 800th goal in style, rounding out a hat trick against the Blackhawks.
Goal No. 797
Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: With the Caps leading near the end of their win over the Winnipeg Jets, Ovechkin scored an empty-net goal. Caps defenseman Dmitry Orlov picked up the assist on the goal.
Alex Ovechkin puts the icing on the Capitals’ win against the Jets.
Goal No. 796
At 19:56 of the third period against the Seattle Kraken, Ovechkin fired a shot into an empty net to put him four goals away from 800. The empty-net goal was assisted by Evgeny Kuznetsov and John Carlson.
Alex Ovechkin collects the puck and slings in his 796th career goal on an empty net against the Kraken.
Goals No. 794 and 795
With the Capitals up 2-1 against the Philadelphia Flyers, Ovechkin was on the ice to close out the game — and scored two empty-net goals! The first was assisted by Anthony Mantha and John Carlson, while the second was assisted by Evgeny Kuznetsov and Conor Sheary.
Alex Ovechkin tallies twice on an empty net and now has 795 career goals.
Goals No. 792 and 793
Ovechkin scored two goals in the first period of the Capitals’ matchup against the Vancouver Canucks — the first unassisted and the second with help from Dylan Strome and Anthony Mantha. Ovechkin has now passed Wayne Gretzky for most goals all time on the road.
Alex Ovechkin slaps in his second goal of the game to put the Capitals up 2-0 against the Canucks.
Alex Ovechkin jumps on the loose puck and notches his 792nd career goal vs. the Canucks.
Goal No. 791
Alex Ovechkin tallies goal for Capitals on the power play
Goal No. 790
Alex Ovechkin wins it for the Capitals with this clutch slap shot in overtime vs. the Flyers.
Goal No. 789
Alex Ovechkin nets goal vs. Blues
Goal No. 788
Alex Ovechkin scores on the power play for Capitals
Goal No. 787
With his goal at 8:55 of the second period — a power-play tally assisted by Trevor van Riemsdyk and Anthony Mantha — Ovechkin broke Gordie Howe’s record for most goals scored by a player with a single franchise:
Alex Ovechkin scores his 787th career goal to break Gordie Howe’s record of most goals with one team.
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