Everyone watching the game knew Alexander Ovechkin would be firing the puck like a whirling dervish in order to get over the 499 goal hump. It felt like only a matter of time as the Washington Capitals went on their third power play of the game.
As the great Dan Patrick says, “You can’t stop him, you can only hope to contain him.”
With mama and papa Ovechkin in attendance, goal number 500 was signature Ovi, a blast from near the top of the circle.
A special congratulations to Ottawa Senators netminder, Andrew Hammond, for being on the wrong end of history. The Hamburglar will be etched in the record books as the goaltender who allowed in Ovechkin’s 500th NHL goal.
Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin became the fifth-fastest player in NHL history to score 500 goals on Sunday, scoring his 500th NHL/Capitals goal in the second period against the Ottawa Senators at Verizon Center. Ovechkin scored his 500th career goal in his 801st NHL game, trailing Wayne Gretzky (575 games), Mario Lemieux (605), Mike Bossy (647) and Brett Hull (693) as the fastest to reach the 500-goal plateau.
Not bad, eh?
At a mere 30 years old, he adds another individual accolade to his cupboard. Ovi continues to strive for the one trophy he has yet to achieve – a gold medal. Oh and a Stanley Cup, too. (YEAH I SAID IT.)
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