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02/22/2020 at 3:13pm EST

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

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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 AlbertPujols (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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