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Top 5 Goals from Alex Ovechkin's Career

The Great 8 is one of the greatest goal-scorers to ever play in the NHL. These are five of his best.
Alex Ovechkin

No doubt about it, Alex Ovechkin is one of the greatest to ever do it.

The 36-year-old took sole possession of third all-time in NHL goal-scoring when he tallied his 37th goal of the season and 767th ever on Tuesday evening. The goal put Ovechkin ahead of Jaromir Jagr, who made a video message congratulating him on the historic moment.

Ovechkin only trails Gordie Howe (801 goals) and Wayne Gretzky's (894) for the all-time record, and it's not crazy to think he'd do it. Ovechkin is still playing unbelievable hockey late in his career, and his goal-scoring antics haven't gone anywhere. 

Ovechkin is on pace for 50 goals, something he has done eight times in his career, If he hits 50, he'll be the oldest player to do so in NHL history, surpassing Jaromir Jagr's 34-year-old season in 2005-06.

Let's take a look at some of the greatest goals ever scored by The Great 8, who will definitely have more incredible moments to come before he decides to call it quits:

5. Feb. 4, 2010 vs. New York Rangers

Sorry, Rangers fans. Your team is going to appear a few times here.

You don't typically see one-handed goals outside of the shootout, so it's especially impressive when it's done with a defenseman doing his best to hold on. Ovechkin got took the feed in the neutral zone and barrelled in. It first looked like he was going to make a pass, but he instead rushed in against defenseman Michal Rozsíval, taking the Rangers defenseman along for the ride. Ovechkin, losing balance, somehow managed to beat Henrik Lundqvist with a one-handed shot, easily becoming one of the best goals of the season.

4. May 2, 2015 vs. New York Rangers

You'll notice that many of the goals on this list don't include the Great 8 standing up.

This one was one of the best. After getting the puck in the neutral zone, Ovechkin split Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh - two good defenders in their own right - before falling to his knees and roofing it past Henrik Lundqvist. 

Scoring on your knees is one thing, but getting it up high like that? Magnificent.

3. March 18, 2009 vs. Montreal

This one started after Ovechkin pulled off a spin and put the puck past a confused Roman Hamrlik at the Canadiens' blueline. Ovechkin then broke in on a partial breakaway, outmuscled a Canadiens defender, was taken down and still managed to beat Carey Price while laying on his back. 

Not many players have pulled off moves like that against Price. But if anyone can, it's Ovi.

2. April 24, 2009 vs. New York Rangers

My oh my. 

Ovechkin is no stranger to arising to the occasion, and scoring a big playoff goal is as important as it comes. Late in the second period of Game 5 of a playoff series against the New York Rangers, Ovechkin grabbed the puck at his own blueline, beat one defender with a bit of a hop, beat another with a massive toe drag and then scored on a diving backhander past Henrik Lundqvist. 

The Caps later won the series 4-3, but that goal made it impossible for the Rangers to garner any late-game momentum.

1. Jan 16, 2006 vs. Phoenix

Of course, one of the best goals of all time had to be included on this. Just a few months into his rookie season, Ovechkin pulled off a toe drag on Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Paul Mara before falling down, putting his stick behind his head and somehow knocking in the loose puck past Brian Boucher.

It shouldn't have happened. The physics alone made it such an unbelievable goal. But it went in. It counted. Nobody looked more amazed than Ovechkin himself, but it made it more amazing that the opposing coach is the guy he hopes to ultimately catch one day in the goal-scoring race: The Great One.


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