Ovechkin passes Lemieux, ties Yzerman for 9th all-time in goals

Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals celebrates his first period goal against the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum. (Getty Images)

Alex Ovechkin scored career goals No. 690, 691, and 692 against the New York Islanders on Saturday, passing Pittsburgh Penguins great Mario Lemieux and tying Detroit Red Wings legend Steve Yzerman for ninth on the NHL’s all-time goals list.

The Washington Capitals superstar walked in and ripped a wrist shot past New York Islanders netminder Semyon Varlamov to tie Lemieux.

He scored two more goals in the third period, including this gem, en route to catching Yzerman’s total of 692.

Ovechkin’s ascent of the leaderboard is not likely to stop anytime soon. Currently, the 15th-year pro is only two goals behind Mark Messier for eighth and 16 behind Mike Gartner for 7th.

The Great Eight is eight goals away from becoming the eighth player to ever reach the 700-goal mark. He is the only Russian-born player currently listed among the NHL’s top 50 all-time goal scorers.

Since Ovechkin entered the NHL in 2005-06, he has undoubtedly been the league’s premier goal-scoring talent.

Through 49 games this season, Ovechkin has recorded 34 goals and 50 points.

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