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By the Numbers: Alex Ovechkin’s 698 NHL goals

On January 16, 2006, Alex Ovechkin grabbed a memorable goal for the Capitals from on his back after falling near the Coyotes net. Look for “My Favorite Goal” every Wednesday on Pro Hockey Talk.

GR8NESS: OVI’S CHASE FOR 700: As Alex Ovechkin approaches 700 career NHL goals, PHT is going to examine all aspects of his goal-scoring prowess. We’ll break down and provide context for his amazing stats, project if he can top Wayne Gretzky’s record of 894, and take a look at his most important goals.

0.61 - Average goals per game in 1,138 regular season NHL games

4 - Shorthanded goals

7 - Members of the 700-goal club: Mike Gartner (708), Phil Esposito (717), Marcel Dionne (731), Brett Hull (741), Jaromir Jagr (766), Gordie Howe (801), Wayne Gretzky (894)

8 - Number of Rocket Richard Trophies

12 - Penalty shot goals

14 - Number of goals he’s scored in his last eight games

28 - Career hat tricks, including three in his last eight games

31 - Games missed in his 15-season NHL career. Only 17 have been due to injury

39 - Number of empty net goals

110 - Game-winning goals

120 - Career goals Ovechkin has scored in January, the most of any month

140 - NHL goalies who have allowed a goal against Ovechkin

259 - Power play goals

259 - Total assists by Nicklas Backstrom on Ovechkin goals

345 - Goals scored at Capital One Arena

353 - Goals scored on the road

504 - Number of goals scored in Capitals wins

698 - Total goals scored through Friday

5,485 - Number of shots Ovechkin has taken in his career, the most by any NHL forward since 2005-06. Eric Staal is second over that span with 3,667.

23,831:15 - Total minutes played, the most by any NHL forward since 2005-06

48 vs. Tampa (72 games)
43 vs. Carolina (81 games)
41 vs. Toronto (50 games)
39 vs. Florida (65 games) and New York Islanders (57 games)

3 vs. Vegas Golden Knights (5 games)
8 vs. Arizona Coyotes and Colorado Avalanche (19 games each)
9 vs. Vancouver Canucks (20 games)


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Ovechkin continues his pursuit of goal No. 700 Saturday night against the Flyers and Monday against the Islanders.

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Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.