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The crowd at Capital One Arena responded with a thunderous standing ovation, "Ovi" chants and hymns of praise for the Russian winger, who became the fourth-fastest player of all time to hit the 600-goal mark, as well as only the 20th player in league history to accomplish the impressive feat.
Monday's game was the 990th game of Ovechkin's career. Evgeny Kuznetsov scored the OT victor.
Washington Capitals' stalwart made more history on Monday night.
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Less than four minutes into the second period of the Washington Capitals' game against the Winnipeg Jets, Ovechkin put back a rebound and skated into the spotlight as the latest member of the NHL's 600-goal club.
Ovechkin, who has played in the National Hockey League since 2005, is leading the scoring charts in the 2017-2018 championship with 42 goals.
"Of course it's special", Ovechkin told reporters after the game. The main difference between those three and Ovechkin is they played the bulk of their careers in a significantly higher scoring era. He has roughly a fifth of Washington's goals this season and needed to be on his game against Patrik Laine and Winnipeg. He scored 119 of his 297 goals since 2011-12 from that spot.
Ovechkin fired one shot, which was saved by Connor Hellebuyck.
Which brings us to today's quiz of the day. "But it's all a part of this process and he's not fazed by it. You can just tell he's very, very determined and he is a historic player".More news: An ICE spokesman quit over the Trump administration's "misleading facts"
His wife, Nastya, had flown back from Moscow just in time.
Perreault, who played with 684-goal scorer Teemu Selanne in Anaheim, said Ovechkin reaching 600 so quickly was indescribable.
"When I score 599, I felt like, 'OK I still have to make a push two periods, ' " Ovechkin said. "I'm very proud of him", Leonsis said. "I was there when he made history, so I can maybe watch that someday and show that I was there getting the minus on the ice".
Everyone around Alex Ovechkin had a hunch this was his night. So I got a fairly nice sequence of events after the Caps beat Winnipeg, 3-2, in overtime. 600 now, to score another one to make 601. "Six-hundred goals in under 1,000 games, it's pretty unreal".
"When he came in (he was) a hitter nearly - a shooter and a hitter", Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said.More news: Bus driver killed after bus carrying high school students crashes into ravine
Jets: Visit the Central Division-leading Nashville Predators on Tuesday night. "I feel like it's a new accomplishment, a new milestone every day, every week".