Washington Capitals famous person Alex Ovechkin remarked roughly 12 months in the past that he was making an attempt “to not take into consideration” probably matching the all-time NHL targets report of 894 held by residing legend Wayne Gretzky. Since that point, Ovechkin has reached 780 profession targets to get to 3rd on the listing behind solely Gordie Howe at 801 and “The Nice One.”
Ovechkin could also be nearer to touching historical past than he was at the moment final fall, however his focus stays the identical forward of the upcoming season.
“I am on the age that private targets are good, however we perceive yearly [you get closer] to the top of your profession,” the 37-year-old stated in feedback shared Thursday by Tom Gulitti of the NHL’s web site. “So I simply wish to win. I wish to be within the playoffs and battle for the Cup.”
Ovechkin has spent his complete NHL profession with the Capitals since making his league debut in 2005 and has solely hoisted the Stanley Cup as soon as, in 2018. Coincidentally, that was the final time Washington gained a postseason collection.
“That first 20 video games is essential so you must [earn] factors, so if you are going to have some ups and downs in the course of the season you continue to have these factors,” Ovechkin stated concerning the opening stretch of video games that will get underway for the Capitals on Oct. 12. “You do not wish to play solely six months. You wish to play eight months and play for the Cup.”
Ovechkin clearly is aware of what number of targets he must catch Howe but additionally realizes the method is a marathon, not a dash.
“I am unable to rating 21 targets in a single sport. I am unable to, so let’s wait,” he stated about notching profession purpose No. 801.