Alex Ovechkin moved into sole possession of fourth place all-time in goals Friday with career goal No. 742. He scored the goal Friday against the Columbus Blue Jackets just four days after tying Brett Hull with 741.
Tom Wilson passed the puck into the offensive zone to Evgeny Kuznetsov. Kuznetsov handed it off to Ovechkin at the top of the faceoff circle and he unleashed a wrister past the leg of goalie Joonas Korpisalo.
Ovechkin moved into fifth place all time on opening night of the 2021-22 season against the New York Rangers in a two-goal performance with goals No. 731 and 732. He now has 12 goals on the season, pulling him even with Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl for the league lead.
With Hull now in the rearview mirror, Jaromir Jagr is next on the list. He is third all-time with 766. Ovechkin sits 24 goals away and, with the pace he is on now, reaching third this season seems very possible.
After Jagr sits Gordie Howe at 801 and Wayne Gretzky, the record holder, with 894.