Alex Ovechkin continues to strengthen his status as one of the best goal- scorers in NHL history.
On Saturday, the Washington Capitals super star scored his 700 th profession goal, making him the second- youngest to achieve the task. Just Wayne Gretzky reached the 700-goal plateau at a more youthful age or in less games than 34- year-old Ovechkin, who ended up being the 8th gamer in league history to strike the mark.
The landmark goal can be found in vintage Ovechkin style, with him striking a one-timer from the ideal faceoff dot to beat New Jersey Devils goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood at the 4: 50 mark of the 3rd duration.
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Ovechkin was swarmed by his Capitals colleagues, who cleared the bench to commemorate with their captain.
Ovechkin understood it was simply a matter of time till he reached the milestone.
“Obviously when you get closer, I was thinking about it… when it’s going to happen, but I knew someday even if I didn’t score today we still have 20 games and one goal I would score,” Ovechkin informed press reporters after Saturday’sgame “I don’t think our team was thinking about it too much, but it’s something when you know its going to come you just have to wait a little bit.”
The Moscow native added that striking the 700 mark was enjoyable to commemorate, however he’s not going to harp on it for too long.
“Pretty big number, pretty big company,” he stated. “Let’s forget about it and move on.”
In signing up with the NHL’s 700 club, Ovechkin ends up being simply the second gamer after Gordie Howe to do so with one franchise. Furthermore, he now tracks Gretzky by 194 objectives for the all-time lead.