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Alex Ovechkin scores 600th career goal

Alex Ovechkin scores 600th career goal

Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin scored the 600th goal of his career in a 3-2 win against the Winnipeg Jets.

Ovechkin celebrated the milestone with his shot past Connor Hellebuyck in the second period of Monday's game against the Winnipeg Jets.

You don't score 600 goals without registering some serious highlights along the way, and reaching the 600-goal plateau in such a short time solidifies Ovechkin as the greatest scorer of his generation, as only three other players were able to reach that benchmark in under 1,000 games played.

Ovechkin is the third-youngest player to score 600 goals, behind the NHL's all-time leading scorer Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux.

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.

With two goals, Alex Ovechkin is named "first star" of the game.

The significant factors in Ovechkin's goal-scoring prowess are his shot volume and where he takes them.




Laine entered with an 11-game point streak and scored his 41st goal of the season to make it 16 in his past 12. "Forty is nice, but 50 is better". 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.

Ovechkin tosses a puck into the stands (right in front of me). "I was there when he made history, so I can maybe watch that someday and show that I was there getting the minus on the ice". "I can't score 20 in a year. I'm very proud of him", Leonsis said. He joked that Ovechkin scoring 600 was "a free meal" for him and was thrilled to put a positive capper on the night for Washington.

The Capitals secured the victory on Kuznetsov's breakaway with 49 seconds remaining in overtime.

"I feel like my legs were 15 years old", Kuznetsov said. Even while hoping Ovechkin wouldn't score No. 600 against Winnipeg, Laine can't help but appreciate the scoring pace.

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. 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. "Tomorrow it's a new day and back to work".


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