Ovechkin tops Gretzky record for empty-net goals

Ovechkin tops Gretzky record for empty-net goals
  • Greg Wyshynski, ESPNFeb 10, 2024, 07:26 PM ET


      Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer.

Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin shattered a Wayne Gretzky NHL goals record in Saturday’s win over the Boston Bruins — although not the one Ovechkin hopes to break one day soon.

Ovechkin’s empty net goal at 19:33 of the third period was the 57th empty netter of his career, breaking a tie with Gretzky for the most in NHL history. The Capitals shut out the Bruins, 3-0, in Boston to snap a six-game winless streak.

Ovechkin is now just 60 goals shy of tying Gretzky’s NHL career record of 894 goals.

No other players have scored more than 40 empty netters in their NHL careers. Gretzky scored 56 empty net goals in 1,487 games, while Ovechkin needed 1,394 games to break the mark.

Ovechkin is also the all-time leader in NHL power-play goals (304) and overtime goals (26).

It was the Capitals captain’s 12th goal of the season. While Ovechkin’s scoring output is down for Washington, he’s heating up with goals in four straight games. The Capitals face the Vancouver Canucks at home on Sunday.


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