Alex Ovechkin is warming to the idea of chasing down Wayne Gretzky's NHL record of 894 goals.
With another 50-goal season already under his belt and an eighth Rocket Richard Trophy as the NHL's leader in goals within his grasp, the Washington Capitals forward has 658 goals over 14 NHL seasons heading into the Capitals' penultimate game of the regular season against the Montreal Canadiens at Capital One Arena on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NBCSWA, TSN2, RDS, NHL.TV).
That leaves him 237 away from breaking Gretzky's record.
"I have to be healthy. I have to be in good shape," Ovechkin said. "I'm going to try to do it, but you don't know what's going to happen in the future."
As recently as two seasons ago, the 33-year-old quickly dismissed any suggestions that he could catch Gretzky.