Alex Ovechkin Scores 600th Career Goal In Capitals’ 3-2 OT Win Vs. Jets [VIDEO]
Alex Ovechkin has joined an exclusive club in the NHL thanks to yet another great accomplishment.
Alex Ovechkin 600th career goal video
The 32-year-old Russian winger scored his 600th career goal Monday night in the Washington Capitals’ 3-2 overtime home victory over the Winnipeg Jets. Ovechkin achieved the feat in his 990th regular-season game. Only Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Brett Hull have reached the 600-mile mark faster.
“Pretty amazing feeling, pretty cool feeling,” Ovechkin said after the second period. “My wife is here. She just got back from Moscow. She said, ‘I have a feeling you’re gonna score 600 tonight.”‘
Ovechkin’s big moment came in the form of a rebound goal past Connor Hellebuyck 3:53 into the middle period, and was his 42nd score of the season. Ovechkin also scored 4:35 in the first period on a 5-on-3 power play.
Fans at Capital One Arena gave the Russian veteran a nearly minute-long standing ovation after he reached the 600-goal mark, and chants of “Ovi! Ovi!” rang throughout the venue. A video montage was aired during the next timeout.
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No player 32 or older has led the NHL in goals since Phil Esposito in 1974-75.
Two of Ovechkin’s former Capitals teammates, Matt Hendricks and Mathieu Perreault, were watching from the Jets’ side when the Russian scored, and the pair lauded the veteran for his achievement.
“When I played here, it’s funny, you always want to get the puck on his stick,” said Hendricks, who was in the penalty box for Ovechkin’s first goal. “He has that ability to change games just like that. … Ovi’s a terrific talent.”
Perreault, who played with 684-goal scorer Teemu Selanne in Anaheim, said Ovechkin reaching the 600 mark so quickly was unbelievable.
“The way he can shoot the puck and score goals is beyond what you can even think about,” Perreault said. “I can tell my grandkids, my kids, I played with Ovechkin. He’s going to be a legend of the game.”
WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 10: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals shoots and scores his 500th career NHL goal in the second period against the Ottawa Senators at the Verizon Center on January 10, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)