Russian NHL star Alex Ovechkin, 36, has secured his place in the history books by drawing level with the great Wayne Gretzky and Mike Bossy by securing the ninth 50-goal season of his career, while also becoming the oldest player in league history to achieve that feat.
The Washington Capitals star bagged his 49th and 50th goals of the campaign in what turned out to be a 4-3 overtime defeat to the Vegas Golden Knights.
Ovechkin’s historic 50th goal – and number 780 of his career – tied the game in the third period with around 6:24 left on the clock, but it wasn’t enough to secure the win for Peter Laviolette’s side.
However, Ovechkin’s piece of history was some consolation at least.
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“Obviously, it’s pretty good company,” Ovechkin said of drawing level with Gretzky and Bossy. “Obviously, lots of great memories, locker room, everything, hotel. It’s gonna stay here forever. Yeah, pretty fun moments.
“It’s pretty cool,” he added. “We have lots of fans all over the place, and they came to see the game and they cheered for us, so thanks [to] them.”
Ovechkin also joins another well-known name, Phil Esposito, in as the only players to claim three 50-goal seasons past the age of 30. Since his debut in the 2005-06 season, no one in the league has more than two 50-goal seasons.