Alex Ovechkin is on the hunt to surpass Wayne Gretzky in the All-Time goals list. Many of Wayne Gretzky’s incredible records were doomed to be unreachable. On March 23, 1994, Gretzky surpassed the great Gordie Howe for the All-Time goals record with No. 802.
The record stood for almost 14 years. And 28 years later, nobody has surpassed Wayne Gretzky. He scored 894 goals, and not many thought the record would ever be beaten.
But Alexander Ovechkin is edging closer.
Last night, the Russian phenom scored career goal No. 792 against the Vancouver Canucks, and in the same game, he also scored career goal No. 793. That means Ovechkin is close to a two-digit number of goals behind Gretzky, and with how well he’s still playing, many believe he will eventually reach The Great One’s incredible record.
But during the Capitals’ win against the Canucks, Ovechkin actually overtook another impressive Gretzky record. The Great One was first in road goals with 402 before last night’s game.
When Ovechkin scored his first goal of the night, he tied the record and got the road goals record after nailing a one-timer from the left circle.
Ovechkin surely had the road goals record in mind, but it may have been a surprise for his teammates. In a video published by the Capitals on Twitter, the teammates found out about the record after the game, and their reactions were pure gold.
They were so thrilled for Ovi, and someone even said, ” They don’t make ’em like you anymore, OV.”
If Ovechkin scores just eight more goals, he surpasses Gordie Howe for second place in goals in NHL history, and then the hunt for place Nr. 1 continues.
Third on the most road goals in NHL history is Steve Yzerman, with 362, and fourth is Jaromir Jagr, with 355.