Alex Ovechkin becomes 20th player ever to score 600 goals

Lester Mason
March 13, 2018

Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin has become the 20th player in NHL history to reach 600 career goals, further cementing his status as one of the league's all-time best offensive talents.

According to ESPN Stats & Info, "Ovechkin is the sixth player in National Hockey League history to score 600 career goals with one franchise, joining Gordie Howe, Steve Yzerman, Mario Lemieux, Joe Sakic and Bobby Hull".

Wayne Gretzky (717 games), Mario Lemieux (718), and Bret Hull (900) are the only others. This is the ninth year that Ovechkin scored at least 40 goals in a season, and he's on pace to hit 50 for the eighth time in his career. The main difference between those three and Ovechkin is they played the bulk of their careers in a significantly higher scoring era. He said his wife, Nastya, who just returned from a weeklong trip to Moscow, had a feeling he would accomplish the feat against the Jets.

Though Laine wasn't thrilled to see Ovechkin score a pair against his team, he said afterwards it was still a sight to behold as his childhood idol made history right in front of his eyes. "It's kind of nice when someone from your family is in the stands". It was of little surprise he delivered in what was a showdown with another fellow 40-goal scorer in Laine, who idolized Ovechkin growing up. Ovechkin's 599th goal was a typical shot at the top of the left circle on the power play, and his 600th came during a second period goal mouth scramble. "I was in a good spot - just behind him. It's 600 now, you have to score another to make 601". "I was there when he made history, so I can maybe watch that someday and show I was there on the ice".

"He knew he was going to get it done today", Trotz said after the Capitals' 3-2 overtime victory. "I can't score 20 in a year". Ds Christian Djoos and Madison Bowey and Fs Alex Chiasson and Travis Boyd were healthy scratches for Washington. C Mark Scheifele is expected to miss his fourth consecutive game Tuesday with an upper-body injury.

"When he came in (he was) a hitter nearly - a shooter and a hitter", Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said. "I feel like it's a new accomplishment, a new milestone every day, every week".

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