Alex Ovechkin continues to strengthen his position as one of the NHL’s all-time greats. The Washington Capitals star scored his 275th career power-play goal in the Caps’ 3-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Friday, giving him the most goals in Canadian history. NHL.

Ovechkin scored two goals in the game – both in the third period – as the game-winner was his 275th career power-play goal.

“It’s a big moment for me, for the team, for the fans, for the game too,” said Ovechkin.

Ovechkin gave Washington the lead with 2:51 left. He landed a slap shot from the right point to beat Detroit goaltender Thomas Greiss. He added an empty net in the last minute for his 24th goal this season.

Ovechkin, 36, tied Hall of Fame member Dave Andreychuk’s power-play tally of 274 in a Dec. 15 overtime loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. Ovechkin reached that total playing six seasons less than Andreychuk.

Ovechkin started Friday’s game with 48 points. A 17-season NHL veteran who has spent his entire career in Washington, Ovechkin has won three Hart Trophies and made 12 all-star teams. He led the Capitals to their first-ever Stanley Cup victory in 2018.

The all-time goals list presents Ovechkin’s next opportunity to rewrite the NHL record books. Ovechkin’s 752 goals are the third in league history, just 14 behind third Jaromir Jagr. Wayne Gretzky, the NHL’s all-time leading scorer with 894 goals, said, “It’s not even a question that he’s beyond me, and I think it’s awesome” in December.


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