185 - The distance from which Nic Dowd scored his game-clinching empty-net goal in Philadelphia last night, making it the farthest tally of the 3,502 Caps goals on record for which we have location data (i.e. the start of the 2007-08 season). Let’s have another look, shall we?
Impressive (though his average goal distance on the night was a rather pedestrian 97 feet).
Prior to that Dowd goal, the Caps’ most distant delivery belonged to Karl Alzner from back in 2016, which was charted at 182 feet:
Guess he called bank.
Rare as it has been in recent Caps history to score from such distance, it’s not all that uncommon League-wide:
Per our great people at #NHLStats, there were eight goals scored last season (regular season and playoffs) of 185 feet or longer (all empty-net, obviously), including goalie Pekka Rinne's 185-foot goal vs. Chicago 1/9/20 and an 188-foot goal from Kris Letang vs NJD (3/10/20). https://t.co/ZrhMorLy4Z— Tom Gulitti (@TomGulittiNHL) March 12, 2021
Finally, because you’re curious, here’s the lengthiest of Alex Ovechkin’s lamp-lighters on record, clocking in at 165 feet:
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