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Alex Ovechkin No. 699: Capitals star now one shy of 700 milestone

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It took more than 2 weeks, however Alex Ovechkin is lastly one action more detailed to his 700 th professiongoal

The Russian had actually remained in the middle of a 5-game goal downturn, his longest of the season, however a home game versus the reeling Montreal Canadiens offered an excellent chance to return on the scoresheet.

Less than 8 minutes into the first duration, he capitalized and gunned a photo past Carey Rate for his 699 th professiongoal Ovechkin has traditionally had the Habs’ number, with the goal on Thursday night being his 33 rd profession marker in simply 50 games versus Montreal.

There are just 7 players in history who have actually reached the 700 objectives mark: Wayne Gretzky (894), Gordie Howe (866), Jaromir Jagr (766), Brett Hull (741), Marcel Dionne (731), Phil Esposito (717) and Mike Gartner (708). Ovechkin is now 8th on the all-time scoring list, having actually passed Mark Messier (694) and Steve Yzerman in January.

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The goal downturn entering the game had actually triggered some within the Capitals’ company to speak up, consisting of GM Brian MacLellan.

“From observing, I would say I think everybody wants him to get it and are trying hard for him to get it… let’s just play our game and it’s going to happen organically,” MacLellan informed NHL.com on Wednesday. “It’s simply going to make sure of itself.”

Ovechkin likewise weighed in prior to Thursday’sgame

” I do not believe someone thinks of it,” he said. ” If it occurs, it occurs. It’s simply a matter of time. Tomorrow, after tomorrow, whatever. We’re focusing right now to get our game much better, to protect a playoff area, and after that we’ll proceed.”

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