Alex Ovechkin ties Jagr at 766 goals, third all-time in NHL history

Alex Ovechkin ties Jagr at 766 goals, third all-time in NHL history
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With two goals as the Capitals beat the Flames, Alex Ovechkin reached 766 goals for his career, tying Jaromir Jagr for third all-time in NHL history.

Alex Ovechkin scores twice to reach 766 goals, tying Jaromir Jagr at third all-time in NHL history

First, Ovechkin moved within one of Jagr with the sort of goal he’s been scoring more often this season: not just a tally from his “office.” Instead, Ovechkin helped to create some chaos, then stole a puck and then scored quickly:


Later on in the game, Ovechkin scored an empty-netter to tie Jagr at 766 goals.

It was quite the finish between the Capitals and Flames, as Calgary managed to score after that empty-netter. Ovechkin generated two decent last-gasp efforts at another empty-netter, but couldn’t break his tie with Jagr on Tuesday.

He’ll get another quick chance to make third place all his on Wednesday. The Capitals turn around and face the Oilers to close off a back-to-back set.

More immediately, two goals push Alex Ovechkin to 36 goals on the season. He’s not quite at the top of the Maurice Richard heap, but nights like these keep him in the conversation.

That Flames – Capitals game ended with potential for controversy, as Johnny Gaudreau was shaken up after getting tangled up with Tom Wilson.

As another note, this was a special night for Washington for another reason. This marked the 1,000 game Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom played together. Only makes sense for Ovechkin to stack up another milestone then, right?

Oh, and in case you missed it, Jaromir Jagr may not be in the NHL, but he’s still active, and doing heartwarming things.

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.

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