Tuesday night at Verizon Center featured a familiar scene: Alex Ovechkin being swarmed by his Capitals teammates after scoring an overtime goal.
Ovechkin’s one-timer past Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen 22 seconds into the extra session of Washington’s 6-5 win was the 19th overtime goal of his career, tying him with 44-year-old Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr — yes, the Mulleted One is still playing — for the most overtime goals in NHL history. Ovechkin also tied Steve Yzerman for 10th place on the all-time game-winning goals list with 94.
Ovechkin’s 19 overtime goals have come in 791 fewer regular season games than Jagr, who scored three overtime game-winners during his two and a half seasons with Washington. The record does not include playoff games, in which Jagr has scored an additional four overtime goals and Ovechkin has scored none. The Panthers and Capitals will meet in D.C. in the final regular season game for both teams on April 9. Will either Ovechkin or Jagr have reached 20 by then?
Here’s a look back at all 19 overtime goals of Ovechkin’s career to date:
1. January 13, 2006 at Anaheim
Ovechkin’s first overtime game-winner came in his 43rd game and capped his first career hat trick.
2. April 10, 2006 at Boston
Ovechkin became the first rookie in 13 years to reach 100 points after he beat Tim Thomas for his 49th goal with 1:30 remaining in overtime.
3. Dec. 15, 2006 at Atlanta
Ovechkin’s second career hat trick included the game-tying goal with 31 seconds remaining in the third period and the game-winner six seconds into overtime of a 3-2 Capitals victory.
“I just try to shoot the puck and score goals and today I have luck,” said Ovechkin, who intercepted a pass off the center ice faceoff to start overtime and beat Thrashers goalie Kari Lehtonen.
4. Jan. 31, 2008 vs. Montreal
Ovechkin tallied four goals in a wild, 5-4 victory over the Canadiens in which he took an inadvertent stick to the face, a puck to the lower lip and a shoulder check that broke his nose.
“Today was special day,” Ovechkin said after scoring three or more goals at home for the first time in his career. “I broke my nose, I have stitches, I score four goals. Everything go to my face. It’s the fifth time I broke my nose. It’s okay.”
5. Feb. 5, 2008 at Columbus
Ovechkin’s second goal of the game and league-leading 45th of the season completed the Capitals’ comeback in a 4-3 win.
“Crazy game, that was sick,” Ovechkin said.
6. Dec. 16, 2008 at N.Y. Islanders
Ovechkin helped the Capitals to a 5-4 win at Nassau Coliseum after they blew a two-goal lead in the third period.
7. Jan. 19, 2009 at N.Y. Islanders
A month later, the Capitals returned to Nassau Coliseum and Ovechkin buried the Islanders in overtime again. Five of Ovechkin’s 19 career overtime game-winning goals have come against the Islanders, including three on the road.
8. Oct. 11, 2010 vs. Ottawa
Ovechkin beat Senators goalie Pascal Leclaire between the legs with 31 seconds remaining in overtime to lift Washington to a 3-2 win.
9. March 1, 2011 vs. N.Y. Islanders
Ovechkin went end to end for one of the prettiest overtime goals of his career in a 2-1 victory at Verizon Center.
“They missed the puck in our zone and I had full speed so it was kind of a pretty goal,” Ovechkin said. “I’ll take it.”
10. April 2, 2011 vs. Buffalo
After his attempted pass toward the front of the net deflected off a couple of Sabres and into the net for a 5-4 Washington win, Ovechkin celebrated by hopping to center ice.
11. Feb. 28, 2012 vs. N.Y. Islanders
Ovechkin used New York defenseman Travis Hamonic as a screen before shooting the game-winner between Evgeni Nabokov’s legs in a 3-2 comeback win at home.
12. March 8, 2012 vs. Tampa Bay
Ovechkin’s 27th goal of the season snapped a three-game losing streak and moved Washington back into the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot.
13. Nov. 12, 2013 vs. Columbus
Ovechkin banged home a rebound off a shot by Marcus Johansson for the game-winner 1:34 into overtime.
“I have to go to the net, stay and find the rebound and I got lucky puck bounce right to my stick,” Ovechkin said.
14. Nov. 30, 2013 at N.Y. Islanders
After Nicklas Backstrom tied the game with a shorthanded goal in the final minute of regulation, Ovechkin won it just over two minutes into overtime.
“He’s pretty clutch,” Jason Chimera said. “What a good shot. He’s our go-to guy. When we need him he’s there.”
16. Jan. 9, 2016 at N.Y. Rangers
After Braden Holtby denied New York’s Rick Nash with a pad save in overtime, Ovechkin picked up the puck, skated the length of the ice and sent a wrist shot past Henrik Lundvist for his second goal of the game and a 4-3 Capitals win. Ovechkin would score his 500th career goal the following night.
“Once Ovi got the puck, we’ve seen that a couple times, when he has that look when he touches the puck,” Capitals Coach Barry Trotz said. “It was going to end up in the back of the net. He’s a difference-maker when he gets that look. We’ll take it.”
17. March 15, 2016 vs. Carolina
The Capitals clinched a playoff berth in only their 69th game after Ovechkin beat Eddie Lack 1:38 into overtime.
18. Nov. 3, 2016 vs. Winnipeg
The Capitals blew a three-goal lead in the third period, but escaped with a 4-3 win after Ovechkin scored in overtime from his favorite spot.
19. Jan. 3, 2017 vs. Toronto
Ovechkin ended a back-and-forth game against the Leafs with the second-quickest overtime goal of his career.
“It was a great game,” Ovechkin said. “Fun game.”
Ovechkin’s Overtime Game-Winning Goals by the Numbers
John Carlson (6)
Nicklas Backstrom (4)
Evgeny Kuznetsov (2)
Nate Schmidt (2)
Jeff Schultz (2)
Dainius Zubrus (2)
Jason Chimera (1)
Sergei Fedorov (1)
Mikhail Grabovski (1)
Mike Green (1)
Marcus Johansson (1)
Shaone Morrissonn (1)
Dmitry Orlov (1)
Tom Poti (1)
Alexander Semin (1)
Blue Jackets (2)
Maples Leafs (1)
Red Wings (1)
(Source: Hockey Reference)