Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals
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Ovechkin is Getting Closer to Beating Wayne Gretzky's Unbeatable Record

Published February 14, 2024 at 7:05 PM

The beginning of the 2023-24 season wasn't just bad for the Washington Capitals and Alexander Ovechkin, it was downright terrible. Ovechkin seemed like a shell of his former self, unable to score goals seemingly at will, something he'd been able to do for so long. It left many wondering whether The Great 8 had lost his chance of beating what is perhaps the most highly sought after record in hockey, the NHL's All-Time Goal-scoring Leader. Despite all that, things have taken a big turn.

Ovechkin's Return to Form Puts him Back in the Race to Catch Gretzky

Ovechkin has turned his fortunes around recently, scoring 6 goals in his last 6 games. That definitely puts the 38-year-old back on track to potentially take over the top slot in goal-scoring from The Great One.

"After scoring in six straight games, Alex Ovechkin is now just 58 goals back of Wayne Gretzky's all-time mark.

With 30 games left and two more years on his deal, he's got 194 potential games to get there on his current contract. That's a 25-goal 82-game pace. It's happening."


"After scoring six goals in six games, Alex Ovechkin is almost back on track to catch Gretzky by the end of his contract.

To get to 895 by then, he needs to score 59 goals in his next 194 games, a roughly 25-goal 82-game pace. #AllCaps"

Gretzky's Goal-scoring Record Looks Beatable Again after Ovechkin Heats Up

If Ovechkin can stay healthy and avoid too many rough patches like at the beginning of the season, catching Gretzky's record doesn't just seem possible, it seems very doable for someone of Ovi's calibre. There's also no guarantee he ends his career at the end of his current contract, either. Especially if he's just a few goals away from catching No. 99. If I had to bet on it at the moment, my money would be on Ovechkin becoming the new NHL's most-goals record holder. Ovechkin recently surpassed The Great One for most empty net goals of all time.
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Ovechkin is Getting Closer to Beating Wayne Gretzky's Unbeatable Record

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