Photo: Jacquelyn Martin
Alex Ovechkin had a milestone night on Sunday in front of a home crowd and his friends and family. Ovechkin struck twice in Washington’s 7-1 trouncing of the Ottawa Senators, recording career goals 500 and 501 in thrilling fashion. The drama was not lost on Ovechkin, his teammates, or his head coach. Here’s some of what they said after the game.
It was a special moment in front of the fans, my teammates, and my parents. It’s huge. To get 500 in this league with how everybody playing, the goalies, it’s pretty cool.
Every day, every game, they support us, [the fans] support me. They deserve to be in this moment. It’s a history moment.
My job is just to put puck in. I try to do my best. … I take a shot and it goes in.
You look at some of the names that are up there, obviously some pretty big names. And Ovi getting it done fittingly in this building was the only right thing. I did not want to sit him out for any of the road games. So it was fitting that he got it done here.
When one person has success, it reflects on everybody. Ovi couldn’t do it alone. That was a great moment for the team to share.
In this day and age, with this competition, it’s amazing. I’m glad I was able to be apart of it this year. I know he wants to be able to write a little more history.
We all had a big smile on our face, almost as big as his. To watch that, you can’t help but smile. … It was just a great moment.
To do it in 801 games, that just doesn’t happen anymore. It’s amazing. He’s a great player. No disrespect to the Senators when we jumped on the ice there, but we couldn’t contain ourselves. We needed to get out there and celebrate with him.
It’s an amazing feeling. I didn’t score it, but an amazing feeling for him obviously. As a player sitting on the bench I got goosebumps. It was a special feeling. I’m sure he’s gonna remember this for a while.
It’s a big moment for him and the city of Washington.
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