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Alexander Ovechkin scored his 30th goal of the season on Saturday night – the 17th time he has achieved the feat

Russian Alexander Ovechkin scored another NHL milestone on Saturday night by scoring his 30th goal of the season for the Washington Capitals. Ovechkin has scored in 17 separate league seasons, tying a record set by former Capitals forward Mike Gartner.

Ovechkin scored Washington’s only goal in a 3-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers at Capital One Arena. The Russian tied the game 1-1 in the first half, scoring his 30th goal in 45 games this season.

Ovechkin now stands with Gartner as the only two players to score 30 or more goals in 17 seasons. Ovechkin, 37, has reached that total in every season he has played in the NHL except for the Covid-shortened 2020/21 campaign.

More broadly, the Russian continues his pursuit of the all-time NHL goalscoring record held by Canadian great Wayne Gretzky. Ovechkin now has 810 total goals – second on the list and behind Gretzky’s tally of 894. Ovechkin also has 400 home goals to his name, making him only the second NHL player after Gretzky to score 400 home goals and 400 on the road, according to statisticians.

Saturday’s loss set up back-to-back losses for the Capitals against the Flyers, who beat Washington 5-3 in Philadelphia on Wednesday night. The Flyers are on a strong streak with three straight wins and eight of their last 11 overall. The Capitals have stalled with four losses in their last six games, having won 11 of 13 previously. Ovechkin and co next face the New York Islanders on Monday.


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