Capitals vs Maple Leafs: Auston Matthews will be chasing Alex Ovechkin

Auston Matthews will be chasing Alex Ovechkin on the all-time goal scoring list.

Toronto Maple Leafs v Washington Capitals
Toronto Maple Leafs v Washington Capitals / Patrick Smith/GettyImages

The Washington Capitals are a remarkable team. They don't have a lot of things that suggest they are this amazing team but they find themselves in the playoff race in late March.

In their most recent game, the Capitals took down the Calgary Flames by a final score of 5-2. It was a big win for them as they continued to stay alive in the race.

On Wednesday night, the Caps are going to take on the Toronto Maple Leafs. While the Caps were idle on Tuesday night, the Leafs were playing the Philadelphia Flyers.

In that game, the Leafs were beaten by Philly in a close one. Now, they have to come in and play the Capitals in the second half of a back-to-back.

The Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs have all time great scorers

The story in this game is two players participating in it. Auston Matthews is the best goal scorer in the NHL while Alexander Ovechkin is the best goal scorer who ever lived.

Right now, Matthews leads the NHL with 55 goals. He is almost a lock to break 60 and win the Rocket Richard as the league's top goal scorer for the year.

As for Ovechkin, he only has 21 but that is very good for a 38-year-old. He also had a slow start and has looked like his old self since 2024 began.

In his career, Ovechkin has 843. He needs 52 more to break Wayne Gretzky's record for the most in NHL history. If he can chase that number down, it will be a special day in NHL history.

Matthews has 354 career goals in 547 games played. If he plays well over 1000 games in his career and continues to score at this pace, he could challenge whatever number Ovechkin reaches.

These two could be known as the all-time greatest goal scorers by the time things are all said and done. On a night like Wednesday when they both get to play in the same game, it is always going to be exciting.

Maybe, if we're lucky, we can see them both score a goal in the same game. Players like this make the NHL so amazing.