No. 500 is one of Caps' seven
WASHINGTON – Alex Ovechkin scored his 500th and 501st goals, making him the 43rd NHL player to reach the milestone and the 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. Teammates mobbed Ovechkin, and he got a long standing ovation and took a skate around the rink, acknowledging a cheering crowd that included his parents.
"It's a great feeling obviously to do it in front of our fans," Ovechkin said.
Ovechkin, 30, added No. 501 midway through third, beating a defender with a sweeping deke at the top of the zone before smacking a shot past goalie Andrew Hammond for the 7-1 advantage.
At 801 games, Ovechkin is the fifth-fastest player to 500 goals, trailing Wayne Gretzky (575 games), Mario Lemieux (605), Mike Bossy (647) and Brett Hull (693).
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