Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NHL Roundup: Capitals' Ovechkin Reaches 500 Goals

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NHL Roundup: Capitals' Ovechkin Reaches 500 Goals

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Alex Ovechkin scored his 500th and 501st goals to become the 43rd NHL player to reach the milestone, and the host Washington Capitals beat the Ottawa Senators 7-1 on Sunday night.

Ovechkin reached the mark in vintage fashion, scoring from just beyond the left hash marks during a second-period power play to give the Capitals a 5-1 lead.

Teammates mobbed Ovechkin, and he got an extended standing ovation and took a skate around the rink, acknowledging a cheering crowd that included his parents. He later drew another roar while waving to fans from the bench.

At 801 games, the Russian winger is the fifth-fastest player to 500 goals, trailing only Hall of Famers Wayne Gretzky (575 games), Mario Lemieux (605), Mike Bossy (647) and Brett Hull (693).

The 30-year-old Ovechkin has 26 goals this season, including five over his past three games, and is the NHL leader in career goals by a Russian-born player. …

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