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Alex Ovechkin Chasing Wayne Gretzky In Legendary Fashion!

Ismail Albiz Mar 9th 12:59 PM EST.

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 25: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals skates against the Calgary Flames during the second period of the game at Capital One Arena on November 25, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 25: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals skates against the Calgary Flames during the second period of the game at Capital One Arena on November 25, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

Alexander Ovechkin is a man on a mission. Sure he would like to add another scoring title, but more importantly another Stanley Cup. However, with his 61 points, 36 goals, and 25 assists, Ovechkin has continued to be the well-oiled machine he has been since the start of his career. Each goal he scores brings him closer and closer to the famous record of 894 goals held by the legend, Wayne Gretzky.

The previous season he overtook all-time greats such as Marcel Dion, Brett Hull, and Jaromir Jagr in terms of goals scored all time. Most recently, earlier this season, he took the second overall position by surpassing Gordie Howe.

Age and health are Ovechkin's biggest obstacles as he is 79 goals away from the record. However, Ovechkin has remained incredibly healthy throughout his career, especially for a six-foot-three forward who doesn't shy away from the physical game. More importantly, experts and his teammates are well aware that Ovechkin is full of energy, motivated to pursue the record, and in good shape to attempt it. 

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While most in the sports world never expected Gretzky’s goal-scoring record to ever be broken, Ovechkin’s solid performances over the most recent years have started to pose a serious threat to the age-old record. More importantly, if we look at the numbers closely and compared the 2 legends, Ovechkin and Gretzky, statistics show that Alex Ovechkin is already a better overall scorer than Wayne Gretzky:

Ovechkin vs. Gretzky Career Breakdown

Gretzky Age 19-29: 706 goals in 895 games (0.79 Avg)

Ovechkin Age 20-29: 475 goals in 760 games (0.63 Avg)

Gretzky age 30-38: 188 goals in 592 games (0.30 Avg)

Ovechkin age 30-37: 325 goals in 545 games (0.60 Avg)

While Wayne Gretzky’s goal-scoring ability started to diminish as he made his play-making ability his main hustle, Ovechkin seemed to continue his dominating goal-scoring performance well into his 30’s, by recording three 50-goal seasons.

Alex Ovechkin has always had the opportunity to play with a well-rounded roster stacked with talent, however, he has most often been the leader on and off the ice. With his continued style of perseverance, dominance, and tenacious play, he will be able to accomplish the feat of setting a new goal record. By doing so in November or December of 2024 if he continues at the same pace, he will be entrenching his name in the history books for yet another reason for the new generation!


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