Alex Ovechkin Is Power Play King! Though It Took a While to Know for Sure

Posted January 1, 2022

(via the Caps)

Congratulations to Alex Ovechkin, who scored his 275th power play goal, which is tops all time. He passed Dave Andreychuk, who played 409 more games – about five full seasons – more than Ovi did.

The record-setting goal wasn’t so obvious, though, as the puck went in as the power play was expiring. At first it seemed like a power play goal, then it didn’t, but the official scorekeeper determined it was a power play goal, then it wasn’t, and then it was.

This also shows how certain stats can be misleading, as the Caps’ power play has been awful lately, and a goal even a fraction of a second after the power play expired would have been another ‘failed’ power play even though the scenario played out the same. The same could be said for Evgeny Kuznetsov’s ‘shorthanded’ goal the other night, which was really during 4-on-4 and not truely with a man advantage.

Anyway, it was inevitable that Ovi would get this record and it’s nice to get this one behind us. His next milestone will be passing Jaromir Jagr on the all-time goal scoring list. He’s only got 13 more to go for that.