When he takes to the ice Monday against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Ovechkin will etch his name into another franchise record: Most games played.
On October 5, 2005, Ovechkin’s career with the Capitals began after being the team’s first overall pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. Ovechkin made his highly anticipated NHL debut against the Blue Jackets and scored two goals.
12 years, 4 months and 21 days later, Ovechkin will eclipse Calle Johansson with his 984th game played for the franchise. Johansson played for the final time with Washington on April 5, 2003 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Johansson’s mark of 983 games with the Caps franchise has stood for almost 15 years.
During his 13-year Capitals career, Ovechkin has become one of the greatest players and goal-scorers of all time. He’s also been one of the most durable players despite playing a bruising style that includes leveling 2,600 hits.
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According to the Capitals PR, Ovechkin has missed only 29 career games. Ovechkin has missed 19 of those contests due to injury, 8 due to suspension, 1 for bereavement, and another for a team suspension (oversleeping). Ovechkin has never missed a Capitals postseason game (97 games).
Capitals PR posted some additional facts about Ovechkin’s latest milestone game.
With just four goals left to score to reach 600, it feels as though it is only a matter of time before we’re celebrating another incredible Ovechkin achievement.
Ian Oland also contributed to this article.
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