Alex Ovechkin In Second for All-Time Power Play Goals

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Posted April 8, 2021

(Caps Outsider)

Alex Ovechkin’s second period power play goal against Boston on Thursday gave him 266 for his career, one better than Brett Hull and only eight behind Dave Andreychuk, who has the all-time lead with 274.

Ovi’s goal came against Jeremy Swayman, the 146th different goaltender he has scored against in his career, though the Caps lost, 4-2.

Meanwhile, Wayne Gretzky, the king of NHL goals (for now), assists and points, is in 17th place on the all-time power play goal list with 204, though his 890 points is far and away the best ever.

As for Andreychuk, he’ll always be remembered as being a great player, but his power play goal record was boosted in part by the longevity of his career – 1,639 games – hundreds more than most of the guys in the top ten, including 451 more than Ovi. Hats off to him for getting that record but this is one Ovi is going to get and keep for decades to come. Even then, Ovi becoming the power play king won’t be as interesting as the other record Ovi is gunning for… Gretzky’s goal total of 894.

Alex Ovechkin’s All-Time NHL Goals Countdown