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Capitals' Alex Ovechkin ties Gordie Howe for 2nd all-time in goals

Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin tied Gordie Howe for second in all-time NHL goals with 801 after scoring in the first period against the Winnipeg Jets on Friday night.

It was Ovechkin's 21st goal of the season, scored with 1:38 left in the period at home. Taking a drop pass by center Dylan Strome, Ovechkin snapped a shot past Jets goalie David Rittich for the historic tally.

Ovechkin trails only Wayne Gretzky for the most goals in NHL history. Gretzky scored 894 goals in 1,487 games.

"It's great to be in this company, and obviously it's pretty special," Ovechkin said on the team's television broadcast.