The 36-year-old Capitals captain recorded 731th and 732th accurate career hits. Thanks to them, he has already worked his way up to fifth place in the historical ranking of the best shooters in the competition.
Ovechkin jumped the legendary Canadian Marcel Dionn by one goal.
“I am enjoying it. Of course, it is a huge privilege to be on this list. But as I always say – I go day after day, “said Ovechkin after the match.
Ovechkin needed 1197 NHL matches for 732 goals. He played them during seventeen seasons.
Dionne needed 151 doubles more for 731 accurate hits.
“I knew you’d beat me one day. But what is important about the whole thing is respect. You have exceptional quality, you are an exceptional shooter. It’s unbelievable, “Dionne told Ovechkin through science.
There are only four players ahead of the Russian racket: Brett Hull (741 goals), Jaromír Jágr (766), Gordie Howe (801) and the elusive Wayne Gretzky (894).
Immediately from the beginning of the season, Ovechkin settled at the head of the Canadian scoring. The four-point leader is followed by three three-point leaders – Mark Stone with Max Pacioretty from Vegas and Ovechkin’s teammate Yevgeny Kuznetsov.
In the duel with the Rangers, the Slovak defender Martin Fehérváry also took part in the home team’s jersey. Still, only 22-year-olds played 17 minutes and 55 seconds. He entered the statistics with one hit.
Toronto – Montreal 2: 1, Washington – New York Rangers 5: 1, Anaheim – Winnipeg 4: 1, Colorado – Chicago 4: 2, Edmonton – Vancouver 3: 2 sn.