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Oveckin becomes the 8th NHL player to reach 700 goals.

 

 

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OVECHKIN BECOMES EIGHTH MEMBER OF NHL’S 700-GOAL CLUB
Alex Ovechkin became both the second-youngest and second-fastest player to join the NHL's 700-goal club with his tally Saturday in New Jersey, joining seven others in the prestigious group. The only player to reach the 700-goal mark at a younger age or in fewer games than Ovechkin (age 34, 1,144 GP) is all-time goals leader Wayne Gretzky (age 29, 886 GP), whom Ovechkin now trails by only 194 goals.



* Ovechkin’s achievement at age 34 is rare not only from an NHL perspective, but also across the professional sports landscape. Among major career scoring milestone lists with fewer than 10 names for NBA players (30,000 points), MLB hitters (600 home runs) and NFL quarterbacks (400 passing touchdowns), only two players reached the benchmark before age 35: LeBron James and Kobe Bryant.



* Ovechkin (Moscow, Russia) also is one of five players on one of those four lists who was born outside North America, joining Jaromir Jagr (Kladno, Czech Republic) as the second NHL representative. The others: Dirk Nowitzki (NBA; Germany), Sammy Sosa (MLB; Dominican Republic) and Albert Pujols (MLB; Dominican Republic).

* Ovechkin joins Gordie Howe (786 with Detroit) as the second player to score at least 700 goals with one NHL franchise. Of the players on the lists noted above, seven hit the milestone after playing for only one franchise: Ovechkin (Washington Capitals), Howe (Detroit Red Wings), Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers), Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks), Karl Malone (Utah Jazz), Tom Brady (New England Patriots) and Dan Marino (Miami Dolphins).

* Of note: There are nine NFL players who have at least 100 rushing touchdowns, including two who achieved the feat with the Washington Redskins – John Riggins (Oct. 13, 1985) and Adrian Peterson (Sept. 9, 2018). Riggins, 36, is the oldest player to join the NFL’s 100 rushing touchdowns club.

 

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Washington release…

NEWARK, N.J. – Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scored his 42nd goal of the season on Saturday against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center to become the eighth player in NHL history to reach the 700-goal mark, joining Hall of Famers Mike Gartner (708), Phil Esposito (717), Marcel Dionne (731), Brett Hull (741), Jaromir Jagr (766), Gordie Howe (801) and Wayne Gretzky (894).

Ovechkin reached the 700-goal mark in his 1,144th career game, the second-fewest games required to reach the milestone in NHL history. Gretzky (886 games) and Hull (1,157 games) are the only players to record 700 goals in fewer than 1,200 games. Ovechkin went from 600 to 700 goals in only 154 games, the fewest games to make that leap for any member of the 700-goal club. It marks the second-fewest games Ovechkin has required to go from one 100-goal milestone to another in his career (100 to 200 goals, 129 games). Ovechkin has averaged 0.61 goals-per-game at this point in his career, ranking fifth in NHL history (minimum 300 games played), including an NHL-best 0.58 rate since his 30th birthday on Sept. 17, 2015. Among players in the 700-goal club, only two scored at a rate of 0.50 goals per game or higher from the age of 30 onward (Esposito: 0.57; Dionne: 0.51).

This season, Ovechkin ranks third in the NHL with 42 goals. Ovechkin reached the 40-goal mark before any other player, the ninth time in his career he was the first player to reach the mark, extending his NHL record. His 11 40-goal seasons are the second-most in NHL history, only trailing Gretzky’s 12, and he is the only player in NHL history to record 11 40-goal seasons with one team. He recorded his 40th goal in 53 games, the third-fewest games to reach the mark in his career, trailing his 2009-10 season (51 games), when he was 24 years old, and his 2007-08 season (52 games), when he was 22 years old.  He became the 10th player in NHL history to score 40 goals at the age of 34 or older and the first since Daniel Alfredsson in 2007-08. Only two players have scored 50 goals at the age of 34 or older: Johnny Bucyk in 1970-71 (51 goals) and Jagr in 2005-06 (54 goals). Ovechkin will be 34 years and 201 days old on April 4, the final game of the season, and he is currently on pace to finish his year with 57 goals.

Ovechkin is aiming to further set an NHL record for most goals in a season for the ninth time in his career. If he accomplishes the feat, he will also be awarded with his ninth Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy.  No other player has won the trophy more than twice since its creation during the 1998-99 season.

Ovechkin was selected by the Capitals in the first round, first overall, in the 2004 NHL Draft. The Moscow native has registered 1,270 points (700g, 570a) in 1,144 career games with Washington. Ovechkin ranks first in franchise history in goals (700), points (1,270), power-play goals (259), game-winning goals (110), overtime goals (23), shots (5,519) and multi-goal games (143).

Since entering the NHL at the beginning of the 2005-06 season, Ovechkin leads the NHL in goals (700), points (1,270) power-play goals (259), power-play points (481), game-winning goals (110). In addition, Ovechkin leads the NHL in goals since 1993-94 despite beginning his NHL career in 2005. He is the only player in the NHL to score 30 or more goals in each season since 2005-06. Since 2005-06, he holds a 242-goal lead over the next closest player.

In his career, Ovechkin has won a Stanley Cup, a Conn Smythe Trophy, a Calder Trophy, an Art Ross Trophy, three Hart Memorial Trophies, three Ted Lindsay Awards and eight Maurice Richard Trophies. He is the only player in NHL history to win a Stanley Cup, a Conn Smythe, a Calder, an Art Ross, a Hart, a Ted Lindsay and a Maurice Richard Trophy.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/22/20 at 04:55 PM ET

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Congrats to Ovie.  Glad to have seen it during my lifetime.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 02/23/20 at 12:00 AM ET

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Great player, great achievement! Congratulations Ovie!

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 02/23/20 at 12:19 PM ET

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