Alex Ovechkin continues to climb the ladder of the all-time goal list. With his two goals on Saturday, Ovechkin passed Pittsburgh Penguins great Mario Lemieux for 10th all-time with 691 career goals.
Ovechkin struck early in the first period and fittingly it was Nicklas Backstrom on the assist who hit him in stride behind the defense. Right before Nick Leddy was able to close the gap and get to the puck, Ovechkin fired the wrister to beat Semyon Varlamov blocker side.
Oh Captain, OUR CAPTAIN with that wicked wrister past Varlamov. pic.twitter.com/VfhsWe4n7S— NBC Sports Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) January 18, 2020
That goal tied Ovechkin with Lemieux. He passed him in the third period.
Ovechkin came streaking down the left side then pulled off the vintage curl-and-drag back to front move. Scott Mayfield got his body in front of Ovechkin as he tried to get past him so Ovechkin flicked the puck center. It bounced off the boot of Ryan Pulock and past Varlamov for goal No. 691.
As if entering the top 10 wasn't sweet enough, he also pushed Lemieux out of it, something that Capitals fans will no doubt appreciate.
Granted, Lemieux got to 690 in only 915 games -- which is pretty insane when you think about it -- while Ovechkin is up to 1,133. But part of the greatness of Ovechkin has been his incredible ability to stay healthy. One of the greatest abilities is availability.
The next target on Ovechkin's list is Steve Yzerman who ranks 9th with 692 goals. Ovechkin is also closing the gap on current scoring leader David Pastrnak who has 36 for the season. Saturday's goal was Ovechkin's 34th.
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