Alex Ovechkin tied Mike Gartner for seventh on the NHL goals list when the Washington Capitals forward scored in overtime against the Boston Bruins at Capital One Arena on Saturday
Ovechkin scored his 708th goal 28 seconds into overtime for a 4-3 win in Washington’s ninth game of the season. The 35-year-old has played 1,157 regular-season games in 16 seasons with the Capitals.
“A goal is a goal, so, we’ll take it,” Ovechkin said.
It was Ovechkin’s first game since Jan. 19; he missed four because of NHL COVID-19 protocols.
“Obviously, I thought it would be worse, but my legs feel good,” he said. “For me it was an important thing to feel the puck. I tried to use my body, just get into the rhythm and kind of feel it.”
Gartner scored 708 goals in 1,432 regular-season games in 19 NHL seasons, including 397 goals in 10 seasons with the Capitals, before retiring in 1998.
Phil Esposito is sixth with 717 goals in 1,282 regular-season games in 18 NHL seasons. He retired in 1981.
Ovechkin scored No. 707 in the first period of a 4-3 shootout loss at the Pittsburgh Penguins on Jan. 17, Washington’s third game.
Last season, Ovechkin led the NHL with 48 goals, tied with David Pastrnak of the Boston Bruins, and passed Luc Robitaille (668), Teemu Selanne (684), Mario Lemieux (690), Steve Yzerman (692) and Mark Messier (694) to climb from 13th to eighth on the NHL goals list. Ovechkin has led the NHL in goals a record nine times, including the past three seasons.
He scored his 700th NHL goal against the New Jersey Devils on Feb. 22, 2020, joining Gartner, Esposito, Marcel Dionne (731), Brett Hull (741), Jaromir Jagr (766) Gordie Howe (801) and Wayne Gretzky (894).