Alex Ovechkin’s goal against the Dallas Stars on Saturday was a momentous one and not just because it sparked the Caps’ comeback in the third period.
The goal was the 204th power play goal of Ovechkin’s career, tying him with the Great One himself, Wayne Gretzky.
With the Caps trailing 3-1, Washington was rewarded its first power play of the night early in the third period when Curtis McKenzie was caught slashing Daniel Winnik.
With the 29th ranked penalty kill in the NHL, there was not much Dallas could do when Ovechkin set up from the office.
The Great 8 took a pass from Matt Niskanen at the top of the circle and teed off a one-timer to beat Kari Lehtonen.
Surprisingly, career power play goals is just about the only offensive record Gretzky doesn’t own. That distinction belongs to Dave Andreychuk who has 274 power play goals.
With 204 goals, Ovechkin and Gretzky are now tied for 15th on the all-time list.
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