The Great Goal Chase: Ovechkin shooting for Gretzky’s all-time NHL record

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Alex Ovechkin

Alex Ovechkin

There was a time when Gordie Howe’s NHL record of 801 career goals was thought to be unbreakable. Then Wayne Gretzky came along and broke it. And then there was a time when Gretzky’s record of 894 career goals was thought to be unbreakable. Then Alex Ovechkin came along. And broke it?

We’ll see.

It’s incredible to contemplate, but Ovechkin’s relentless scoring since he arrived in the NHL in 2005 has put Gretzky’s all-time goal mark in jeopardy. Ovechkin, who turned 35 in September, has 706 career goals. He needs 189 to pass Gretzky. Can it he do it? Can ‘The Great 8’ overtake ‘The Great One’ as the NHL’s all-time greatest goal-scorer?