Washington Capitals: Counting down Alex Ovechkin’s top 8 goals

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Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has scored 600 goals. Let’s take a look at The Great Eight’s eight most memorable goals.

Regardless of how you feel about Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, you can’t deny several things about him. Firstly, he is extremely good at scoring goals. Not just among his peers, either. He’s one of the best goal scorers of all-time. Bar none.

Secondly, Ovechkin loves to score goals. Sometimes, his reaction to scoring is even better than the goal itself. Which is saying something because Ovechkin’s goals aren’t like any other goals. They’re amazing.

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Ovechkin has scored 600 goals in his NHL career, as of March 14. That’s a lot of goals. Ovechkin did so in the fourth-fewest games. Only Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, and Brett Hull took shorter to get to 600 goals.

Seeing as how Ovechkin is “The Great Eight”, let’s take a look at eight of his best goals during his career.

8. OK Ovi, That’s Cheating

Coming in at number eight on my list is a personal favorite of mine. This one came during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2014-15 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the New York Rangers.

Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and Ovechkin have faced each other many times throughout their career. They have a bit of a rivalry, but they also have a ton of respect to each other. Ovechkin loves to talk trash. It wouldn’t surprise me if he constantly reminds Lundqvist he once scored on him from his knees.

This highlights just how unfairly awesome Ovechkin is. To be so good, so big, and so fast seems like a cheat code. Only Ovechkin could score from his knees and somehow make it look like he meant to do it. This shows just how powerful Ovi’s shot is, even while he’s falling down. It also highlights the kind of defense Lundqvist has had to deal with his entire career, so pour one out for him.