Alex Ovechkin, the captain of the Washington Capitals, has reached a major milestone in his storied NHL career: scoring 800 goals.
Ovechkin, who was selected first overall in the 2004 NHL Draft by the Capitals, has been a dominant force in the league since making his debut in 2005. Known for his powerful shot and physical play, Ovechkin has cemented himself as one of the greatest goal scorers of all time.
Within the 800-goals that he scored, Ovechkin reached several other impressive milestones in his goal scoring. He has scored 292 of his 800 goals on the power play, making him one of the most effective players with the man advantage.
Ovechkin has also been a force on the road, scoring 409 of his 800 goals in away games. This impressive feat is a testament to his ability to perform at a high level regardless of the location of the game, scoring more away from home than at home.
124 of Ovechkin’s 800 goals are game-winning goals, 140 of them are game tying goals, and 270 are go ahead goals, proving that he is a clutch player who can be counted on to deliver in the biggest moments.
Additionally, Ovechkin has scored against 165 different goalies, showcasing his versatility and ability to find the back of the net against a wide range of goaltending styles and abilities.
Ovechkin has taken 6,195 shots on goal in his 1,305 game career, averaging out to about 4.8 shots on goal per game, something that is certainly not easy to do on a nightly basis.
Overall, Ovechkin’s accomplishment of scoring 800 goals is a testament to his skill, determination, and longevity in the NHL. He will go down as one of the greatest players in league history and his 800 goals puts him in a very exclusive club with Gordie Howe and Wayne Gretzky as the only players to hit that milestone.