Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scored his historic 500th NHL career goal on Sunday night. There are lots of tributes out there, but we wanted to do something short that captured the big milestones.
Set to Sasha Belyi’s Champion (yes, the same song Ovi rapped on), relive the simply sensational work of The Great 8.
Goal 1 – Ovechkin’s first goal came as a 19-year-old on October 5, 2005, in his NHL debut, against Pascal Leclaire of the Columbus Blue Jackets. It was a slapshot. He scored two goals in the game.
Goal 100 – On October 12, 2007, Ovechkin (21) made a deke backhand-to-forehand to score his 100th career goal against Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers.
Goal 200 – Ovechkin (23) whipped a wrister past Jonathan Quick on February 5, 2009, for his 200th career goal and first ever against the L.A. Kings.
Goal 300 – On April 5, 2011, Ovechkin (25) became the third player in Caps history to score 300 or more goals with his one-timer against James Reimer of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Goal 400 – Ovechkin (28) became the sixth fastest player to reach the 400-goal milestone, and seventh youngest to do so, in NHL history on December 20, 2013. It was an anticlimactic empty netter against the Carolina Hurricanes, but it an important milestone goal nonetheless.
Goal 500 – At 30-years-old, Ovechkin scored his 500th against Andrew Hammond of the Ottawa Senators on January 10, 2016. He became the fifth fastest and 43rd player to achieve the feat in league history.
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