Alex Ovechkin is now just 99 behind Nr. 99. The Russian superstar is hunting Wayne Gretzky on top of the all-time goals scored record. He’s getting closer, and last night saw him recording yet another two goals, and he’s now on 795.
That means Ovi is just six goals away from tying Gordie Howe for second all-time in goals. Ovechkin will definitely surpass Gordie Howe on 801 goals this season, but with this pace, Ovechkin will probably reach The Great One as well.
It seemed like Ovechkin had to leave the Capitals-Flyers game goalless, but it changed in the game’s closing minutes. Ovechkin scored his first goal in an empty-netter, and shortly after, he did again.
Ovechkin got ahead of the play and got a pass off the boards from Evgeny Kuznetsov. Alone on goal and with no goalie to stop him, Ovechkin laid the puck onto his backhand and slid the puck into the net.
It didn’t seem very controversial. Ovechkin didn’t even celebrate his second goal. He just started skating back toward the Capitals’ bench, but was suddenly stopped by Travis Konecny. Konecny immediately took exception to Ovi’s goal and confronted him with a slash, and it looked like he said, ”What was that?” To Ovechkin.
Ovechkin isn’t the guy to just let stuff like that pass, and a scrum erupted. After the game, Konecny explained why he went after Ovechkin
“I mean, it might of not have looked as bad, I just didn’t like… I personally thought that he deked it and put it on his backhand, but maybe it wasn’t as bad as I thought,” Konecny said.
John Tortorella, head coach of the Flyers, was also asked about the incident but snapped back with frustration.
“I didn’t even watch it,” Tortorella said. “I didn’t even watch it. It’s a bunch of… Who cares about that? The game’s over. I didn’t watch it.”