In the history of the NHL, no player has ever scored more goals than Alex Ovechkin as of Wednesday. Ovechkin tied the all-time power play goals record of 274 set by Dave Andreychuk with his power play tally in the second period against the Chicago Blackhawks.
In his first game of the season, Nicklas Backstrom provided one of the assists to Ovechkin who had been stuck on goal No. 273 since Nov. 26. T.J. Oshie passed him the puck and he dropped it back off to Oshie who charged on net. With all four penalty killers watching Oshie, he handed the puck over to a wide-open Ovechkin who snapped it past Marc-Andre Fleury.
When it comes to records, much of the focus around Ovechkin is his pursuit of Wayne Gretzky's goals record of 894. Ovechkin currently sits fourth on that list with 751 goals. Gretzky, however, is looking up at Ovechkin on the power play goals list as he ranks 17th with 204.
"He's a special player," Andreychuk said of Ovechkin on a Zoom video conference in November. "We all have watched him over the years. Playing against him, he's no different now than he was then. When you put that kind of talent together -- the speed, the strength, the desire, the competitiveness and talent -- a lot of things are going to get done."
With one more power play goal, Ovechkin will become the all-time leader and will then work to put more distance between himself and the rest of the pack.
Steven Stamkos and Evgeni Malkin are the only two active players within the top-50 in power play goals and both are well behind Ovechkin with 170 and 153 goals, respectively. This is a record Ovechkin is going to hold for a very, very long time.
"There's a lot of talented players in the league and there've been a lot of talented players for a long time," Andreychuk said, "But the good ones are the ones that work extremely hard and compete at a high level and that's what he does, night in and night out."