Ovechkin in 600 club as Capitals win

Ovechkin in 600 club as Capitals win

After scoring a power play goal in the first period (on one of his eight shot attempts in the period), Ovechkin tallied career goal No. 600 (and his league leading 42nd of the season) in the second period to become just the 20th player in NHL history to reach the milestone.

Alex Ovechkin entered Monday's showdown against the Winnipeg Jets needing just two goals to hit the 600-mark for his career.

However, his teammates are still in awe of the 32-year-old, given his production over the years and how he breezes through milestones that many players will never reach.

Ovechkin joined Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Brett Hull as the only players to score 600 in fewer than 1,000 games.

After scoring 33 goals in 2016-17, his second-lowest total in a non-lockout-shortened season, the 32-year-old Ovechkin's resurgence made his climb to 600 all the more impressive. Barry Trotz taking over as Capitals coach helped Ovechkin round out his overall game and avoid the kind of lull that goal-scorers typically hit when they turn 30.

Ovechkin continued a season-long trend of scoring a high volume of goals for the Capitals, who lost significant talent from back-to-back Presidents' Trophy-winning teams. He scored 119 of his 297 goals since 2011-12 from that spot. He said the other day 40's good but 50's nicer and he's going to get 50 goals. 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. "I was there when he made history, so I can maybe watch that someday and show I was there on the ice".

"I was pretty close watching it", Laine said of Ovechkin's goal 3:53 into the second period.

Perreault, who played with 684-goal scorer Teemu Selanne in Anaheim, said Ovechkin reaching 600 so quickly was indescribable. "I'm very proud of him", Leonsis said.

Everyone around Alex Ovechkin had a hunch this was his night.

"He knew he was going to get it done today", Trotz said after Washington's 3-2 overtime victory. "Of course right now, I'm going into enjoy the time". 600 now, to score another one to make 601.

In San Jose, Eric Fehr scored his first goal with the Sharks and San Jose closed a six-game homestand by handing the Detroit Red Wings their seventh straight loss. Jets G Steve Mason is out two to three weeks after a knee scope. "Tomorrow it's a new day and back to work".

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