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Ovechkin Breaks Scoring Slump in Capitals’ Victory Over Blue Jackets

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In a recent turn of events for the Washington Capitals, their renowned player Alex Ovechkin finally put an end to his 14-game goalless streak. During a thrilling 3-2 overtime triumph over the Columbus Blue Jackets, Ovechkin emerged as a key player, scoring a pivotal goal.

The moment of glory came in overtime when Ovechkin, receiving an assist from Dylan Strome, secured the game-winner in a style that reminded fans of his legendary skills.

— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) December 22, 2023

Ovechkin’s last goal prior to this was on November 18, also in a match against the Blue Jackets. This time, his performance included both a goal and an assist, making it his third game in the last four to register a point. His notable contribution also included a primary assist on Anthony Mantha’s power-play goal in the first period.

After the game, Ovechkin expressed his relief to Monumental Sports Network, saying, “You just need to score one to get that feeling back. It’s all about enjoying the game.”

This season, Ovechkin’s contributions have been modest by his standards, with only 20 points, including six goals and 14 assists, from 30 games. His current trajectory suggests a season total of just 16 goals, a modest count for the Capitals legend.

With his latest goal, Ovechkin’s career tally reaches 828, inching closer to Wayne Gretzky’s all-time NHL record of 894 goals. At 38 years old, Ovechkin is in the middle of a five-year contract signed in July 2021.

Surpassing Gretzky’s record remains a challenging but not impossible task for Ovechkin. He surpassed Gordie Howe in 2022 for the second spot in all-time goals and now needs 67 more to claim the top spot. Achieving this would require a significant increase in his scoring rate for the remainder of his contract.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Ovechkin Goal Drought End

Who ended their goal drought in the Washington Capitals’ recent game?

Alex Ovechkin ended his 14-game goal drought by scoring the game-winning goal in overtime during the Capitals’ 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

When did Alex Ovechkin last score before ending his drought?

Before breaking his drought in the game against the Blue Jackets, Alex Ovechkin’s last goal was on November 18, also in a match against Columbus.

What is the significance of Ovechkin’s recent goal for his career?

With his recent goal, Alex Ovechkin’s career total reached 828 goals, bringing him closer to Wayne Gretzky’s all-time NHL record of 894 goals.

How is Alex Ovechkin performing in the 2023-24 season?

In the 2023-24 season, Alex Ovechkin has accumulated 20 points from 30 games, including six goals and 14 assists, which is below his usual performance levels.

What challenge does Ovechkin face in surpassing Wayne Gretzky’s record?

To surpass Gretzky’s all-time goals record, Ovechkin needs to significantly increase his goal-scoring rate in the remaining years of his current contract.

More about Ovechkin Goal Drought End

  • Washington Capitals Official Website
  • NHL All-Time Goals Record
  • Alex Ovechkin Player Profile
  • Monumental Sports Network Interviews
  • NHL 2023-24 Season Statistics

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PuckMaster67 December 22, 2023 - 8:56 pm

i’m not surprised it took this long, Ovi’s not as young as he used to be, still a legend though

GoalieGuru December 22, 2023 - 11:26 pm

20 points in 30 games isn’t bad but for Ovi? he can do better, think he’s just having an off year

IceQueen December 23, 2023 - 5:08 am

that game was intense! ovi’s goal in overtime was just perfect, classic Ovechkin move, love to see it 🙂

HockeyFanMike December 23, 2023 - 10:17 am

wow Ovechkin finally scores! been waiting for this, the caps really needed that boost, go caps!!

Caps4Life December 23, 2023 - 11:21 am

Ovechkin chasing Gretzky’s record is like the most exciting thing in NHL right now! hope he makes it, fingers crossed


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