Bettman became the third player in league history to reach 800 goals. After Gordy Howe and Wayne Gretzky, Alexander Ovechkin scored his 800th goal on Tuesday when the Washington Capitals visited the Blackhawks in Chicago.
The big number 8 scored his 798th, 799th and 800th career goals on a struggling night for the poor ‘Hawks.
The Russian winger took advantage of the great confusion surrounding the Petr Mrazek goal to complete his hat-trick. The entire “Caps” team immediately joined their captain on the ice in celebration as hats rained down on the United Center.
Ovi marks its 800th – December 13, 2022 –
He is one win shy of Howe’s mark (801) and 94 goals shy of Gretzky (894).
Ovechkin is on fire these days. He has hit the mark in each of his last four games, including scoring seven times.
Thanks to this productive evening, the 37-year-old Muscovite also reached the 20-goal plateau in 2022-2023. He also accomplished the feat in each of his first 17 seasons in the league.
In today’s duel, “Ovi” and the Capitals flashed the red light at least twice in each period. Trevor van Riemsdyk, Anthony Mantha and Dmitry Orlov also contributed to the attack festival.
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Quebecer Nicolas Aube-Kubel picked up his first two points of the season in the win.
Tyler Johnson, Jonathan Toews and Max Domi made sure the Illinois team lined up.
Watch highlights of the meeting in the video at the top of the article.