Alex Ovechkin Milestone: Scores 500th Goal

Alex Ovechkin Milestone: Scores 500th Goal vs. Ottawa Senators

Going into Sunday’s action, Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin sat just one goal shy of an illustrious mark for any NHL player, 500 career goals. With 3:41 remaining in the 2nd period in a game versus Ottawa, Alex Ovechkin scored on the powerplay, making him the 43rd player in NHL history to reach the milestone.  

Ovechkin scored a 2nd goal (501) in the third period en route to a 7-1 dismantling of the Ottawa Senators on Sunday night. He now has 26 goals and 13 assists in 41 games this season. His longtime linemate Nicklas Backstrom didn’t assist on number 500, but he’s assisted on 184 of Ovechkin’s 501 goals (including number 501).  Instead, assists went to Jason Chimera and Andre Burakovsky.

With both his father and mother in attendance, it was a special moment shared by family, fans, and teammates. It was a touching celebration that turned into a well deserved extended ovation.

Alex becomes the 5th fastest player in history to reach the mark, which speaks volumes when you consider he’s playing in the lowest scoring era. Ahead of him (in order of quickest), Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Mike Bossy, and Brett Hull.

He’s also the 16th player to reach 500 goals playing entirely for one team.

The next closest goal scorer from Alex Ovechkin‘s draft class is Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin with 287.

Ovechkin owns six seasons of 50 plus goals, with a single season high of 65 back in 2007-08.

Alex Ovechkin now has 500 goals, and 433 assists for 933 career regular season points in 800 games. He also has 36 goals and 34 assists for 70 points in 72 career playoff games. At just 30 years of age, Ovie has a lot left in the tank. We should continue to watch him climb up the all-time points list (97th going into Sunday), and break records over the next decade.

Alex Ovechkin’s NHL Awards (Courtesy of Hockeydb)

2005-06: Calder Memorial Trophy
2007-08: Art Ross Trophy
2007-08: Hart Memorial Trophy
2007-08: Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy
2007-08: Lester B. Pearson Trophy
2008-09: Hart Memorial Trophy
2008-09: Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy
2008-09: Ted Lindsay Award
2009-10: Ted Lindsay Award
2012-13: Hart Memorial Trophy
2012-13: Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy
2013-14: Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy
2014-15: Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy

Playing on arguably the best Washington Capitals team of his tenure in 2015-16, Alex Ovechkin hopes to soon add one of the few things missing from his resume, a Stanley Cup Championship. With Braden Holtby and Alex Ovechkin having Hart Trophy type seasons, the Caps are built for a deep playoff run.