Ovechkin notched his 700th career goal in Newark against the Devils. Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Alex Ovechkin hit a major milestone on Saturday, and he has a realistic shot at Wayne Gretzky’s record.

Ovechkin scored in the third period of his Washington Capitals’ 3-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils to tie the game at two. The goal was his 42nd of the season and 700th of his career.

Ovechkin is now in rare company and has become just the eighth player in NHL history to score 700 career goals. Gretzky holds the record by far with 894 career goals.

Here’s the list:

  1. Wayne Gretzky: 894
  2. Gordie Howe: 801
  3. Jaromir Jagr: 766
  4. Brett Hull: 741
  5. Marcel Dionne: 731
  6. Phil Esposito: 717
  7. Mike Gartner: 708
  8. Alex Ovechkin: 700

Ovi should be able to pass Gartner this season, and he should be able to get up to fourth after next season. He’s actually the second-fastest to 700 goals after Gretzky.

While Gretzky got to 700 at age 29, The Great One didn’t score as much later in his career with Los Angeles Kings, and instead racked up assists. Comparatively, Ovechkin has averaged 48 goals per game the last six seasons and has been going strong as he ages.

Expecting Ovechkin to reach Gretzky’s mark is optimistic, but with how strong he looks at age 34, his chances should not be discounted.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.



The Morning Bark Newsletter. Emailed daily.

You'll receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams.

Emailed daily. Always FREE!

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
Can you name every Washington Capitals player in the Hockey Hall of Fame?
SCORE:
0/9
TIME:
3:00
1976-1979
Craig Patrick
1979-1989
Mike Gartner
1982-1993
Rod Langway
1982-1990
Scott Stevens
1983-1989
Larry Murphy
1988-1992
Dino Ciccarelli
1996-2002
Adam Oates
1996-1998
Phil Housley
2007-2009
Sergei Fedorov

Customize Your Newsletter

+

Get the latest news and rumors, customized to your favorite sports and teams. Emailed daily. Always free!

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.