Alex Ovechkin joins 600-goal club

Alex Ovechkin Becomes 6th Player in NHL History to Score 600 Goals with 1 Team

Alex Ovechkin Becomes 6th Player in NHL History to Score 600 Goals with 1 Team

Less than four minutes into the second period of the Washington Capitals' game against the Winnipeg Jets, Ovechkin put back a rebound and skated into the spotlight as the latest member of the NHL's 600-goal club.

Ovechkin celebrated the milestone with his shot past Connor Hellebuyck in the second period of Monday's game against the Winnipeg Jets. Now at 42 tallies on the season, the Russian superstar struck twice in the first two periods, and linemate Evgeny Kuznetsov provided the game-winning goal in overtime to ensure that his historic night wouldn't be spoiled by a home loss.

Only three players achieved the feat in fewer games: Wayne Gretzky (718), Mario Lemieux (719) and Brett Hull (900).

Ovechkin's rebound goal past Connor Hellebuyck 3:53 into the second period was his 42nd of the season as he tries to hit 50 for the eighth time. "I can't score 20 in a year".

Capitals fans who have watched Ovechkin shine as the most productive goal scorer of the past decade-plus gave him a standing ovation for nearly a minute after he reached the mark. "I can tell my grandkids, my kids, I played with Ovechkin". "But then when you understand, holy f*&^ that's a lot of goals".

"The way he can shoot the puck and score goals is beyond what you can even think about", Perreault said.

"That's pretty wonderful to reach that", Laine said Monday morning. "It's on us if we don't get him the puck. I just wanted to score that because I know that one point will make a huge difference at the end of the year". "It's really remarkable what he's accomplished". "I told him I loved him and respected him and was very grateful and appreciate everything he's done for our fans and our team".

NOTES: Capitals G Philipp Grubauer stopped 26 shots in his third consecutive start over No. 1 goaltender Braden Holtby, who is 1-5-2 with a 4.83 goals-against average and.854 save percentage in his past eight games.

The growth in Ovechkin's game isn't lost on players and coaches around the league who have watched his career. And he's matured into kind of picking his spots, he's still a hard guy to play against, physically very, very strong.

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