Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin scored his 801st career goal Friday night against the visiting Winnipeg Jets, tying Detroit Red Wings great Gordie Howe for second-most in NHL history.
Ovechkin drew within 94 of breaking Wayne Gretzky’s all-time record of 894 goals.
With time winding down in a scoreless first period, Dylan Strome entered the offensive zone and left a drop pass for a trailing Ovechkin, whose snap shot beat Winnipeg goalie David Rittich five-hole at the 18:22 mark.
It marked Ovechkin’s 21st goal of the season. He became the third player to reach 800 goals when he notched a hat trick Dec. 13 in a win over the Chicago Blackhawks.
–Field Level Media