Ovechkin came into Monday night’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers with 71 points (37 goals, 34 assists) in 74 career NHL playoff games, trailing Dale Hunter who scored 72 points in 100 games.
The Russian sniper’s goal in the second period tied him with Hunter, and an assist on John Carlson’s power-play goal moved him into the No. 1 spot.
He later added to his total with another goal in the third period.
Mike Ridley (60 points) holds the third spot on the playoff points leaderboard, with Nicklas Backstrom and Peter Bondra (56) rounding out the top five.
Backstrom came into Game 3 tied with Michal Pivonka at 55 career playoff points, but the Swedish centre tallied two assists to claim the No. 4 spot.
Ovechkin was already the top goal-scorer in Caps playoff history, nine goals ahead of Bondra.