Ovechkin Chasing Gretzky: Assisting Ovi on goals is an art


              New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) talks to Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) after being called for a holding penalty against Ovechkin during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
            
              Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin celebrates his goal with defenseman Erik Gustafsson (56), center Dylan Strome (17) and left wing Conor Sheary during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Ottawa Senators, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
            
              Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) celebrates after his goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Montreal Canadiens, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
            
              Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) skates with the puck during overtime of an NHL hockey game against the Ottawa Senators, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
            
              Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) celebrates his goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington. The Sabres won 5-4 in overtime. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
            
              Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) celebrates his goal with defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk (57) and center Evgeny Kuznetsov (92) during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington. The Sabres won 5-4 in overtime. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
            
              Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) shoots the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Minnesota Wild, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023, in Washington. The Wild won 4-2. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
            
              Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin waits to warm up before an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
            
              Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8)skates during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Terrance Williams)
            
              Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin waits to warm up before an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
            
              FILE - Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) celebrates his go-ahead goal with defenseman John Carlson (74), right wing T.J. Oshie (77) and center Nicklas Backstrom (19) during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings, Friday, Dec. 31, 2021, in Detroit. Ovechkin earlier this season became the third player in NHL history to surpass 800 career goals. Only Wayne Gretzky has scored more than Ovechkin's 810. But Ovechkin has not gotten within range of Gretzky's record of 894 goals by himself. Dozens of Washington Capitals teammates have assisted on goals by Ovechkin during his 18-year career since coming to North America.(AP Photo/Duane Burleson, File)
            
              FILE - Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, celebrates his third goal of the night with center Nicklas Backstrom (19), of Sweden, during the third period of the team's NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, in Washington. Ovechkin earlier this season became the third player in NHL history to surpass 800 career goals. Only Wayne Gretzky has scored more than Ovechkin's 810. But Ovechkin has not gotten within range of Gretzky's record of 894 goals by himself. Dozens of Washington Capitals teammates have assisted on goals by Ovechkin during his 18-year career since coming to North America. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
            
              Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) skates during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, in Elmont, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
            
              Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) celebrates his goal against the Philadelphia Flyers with defenseman Erik Gustafsson during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
            
              Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) celebrates his goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game as Ottawa Senators center Shane Pinto (57) looks on, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
            
              Washington Capitals left wing Marcus Johansson (90) is congratulated on his goal against the New York Rangers by Alex Ovechkin and Dylan Strome (17) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
Ovechkin Chasing Gretzky: Assisting Ovi on goals is an art