/ Go to the mediabankAlexander Ovechkin / Go to the mediabankInternationalIndiaAfricaMOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russian ice hockey player and captain of the Washington Capitals team Alexander Ovechkin scored his 802nd career goal, effectively surpassing Gordie Howe on the National Hockey League’s (NHL’s) all-time goals leaderboard. Ovechkin, 37, accomplished his current tally in 1,310 games, scoring his 802nd goal against the Winnipeg Jets on Friday, thus coming even closer to Wayne Gretzky’s career goal record (894 goals over 1,487 games). The decorated athlete made the 802nd just moments after having netted his 801st goal during the Friday match against the Jets.The Russian player had gone a total of four games without scoring a goal after having reached his 800-goal milestone with a hat trick in early December against Chicago.In November, Ovechkin broke the record for the most goals scored with one franchise in NHL history. ‘Thank God I Didn’t Lose Any Teeth’: Ovechkin Receives Stitches After Puck Blow to His Face27 November 2021, 07:00 GMTOvechkin reached the milestone in his 1,287th game with the Capitals, when he scored his 787th goal in the game against the Arizona Coyotes, thus surpassing Gordie Howe for most goals with a single team (Howe scored 786 goals in 1,687 games over 25 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings from 1946-1971).The late Howe became the league’s first 800-goal member when he played with the Hartford Whalers in 1980 at the age of 52. By then, he had played six seasons in the World Hockey Association.