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Ovechkin seems comfortable chasing Gretzky’s goals record

Considering the “Aww, shucks” demeanor of many NHL players, it’s still sometimes surprising to hear someone speak the truth in a matter-of-fact way. Of course you’d think Alex Ovechkin would want to someday break Wayne Gretzky’s all-time goals record of 894, but plenty of players would mumble some sort of cliche about it. Yet, at 236 goals away at 658, it’s at least a conceivable goal, and it sounds like Ovechkin’s at least willing to state the obvious: that it’s at least in the back of his mind. Elliotte Friedman pointed out that Ovechkin stated as much in the latest edition of “31 Thoughts.” “Of course it matters,” Ovechkin said when asked about Gretzky’s record, “But like I said, I’m not going to scor ...
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