Alex Ovechkin moves closer to Brett Hull, Phil Esposito for power-play goals

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Alex Ovechkin moves one step closer to Brett Hull, Phil Esposito originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

When Tom Wilson skipped the puck over to an awaiting Alex Ovechkin in his office during the Capitals' power play, the result was inevitable. 

Ovechkin fired it above Flyers goaltender Carter Hart's left shoulder for the game's opening goal in Washington's 7-4 loss to Philadelphia on Sunday. Ovechkin's fourth goal of the 2021 season gave him 261 career power-play goals, now just four behind Brett Hull. 

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Hull's 265 power-play goals rank second all-time. Still in third place, Ovechkin needs 14 more goals on the power play to pass Dave Andreychuk's record, which stands at 274 goals. While Ovi has already passed Andreychuk's career scoring mark (he scored 640 times in his 23-year career), Hull's 741 career goals rank fourth all-time. 

Ovechkin would add another goal against the Flyers in his 29th career four-point performance. The Caps star is now at 711 career goals and alone in seventh place on the all-time goals list. Bruins great Phil Esposito is up next in fifth place at 717. 

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