Russian hockey great Ovechkin makes history by entering NHL 600-goal club

  • Russian hockey great Ovechkin makes history by entering NHL 600-goal club

Russian hockey great Ovechkin makes history by entering NHL 600-goal club

Laine is shooting at a few ticks over 20 percent thus far and leads the National Hockey League in power play goals with 18. Laine has 40 goals and 23 assists to his creditand has logged at least one point in 44 games.

Make it 600 goals and counting for Alex Ovechkin, and give the Washington Capitals two more points for the tough playoff race in the Eastern Conference.

Ovechkin is now 32-year-old and he'll need to average about 29 goals-per-year over the next 10 seasons to surpass Gretzky at 894. The Capitals eventually won 3-2 in overtime.

Over Winnipeg's last ten games, four of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 4-0 in those games). "He's too good not to hit that milestone". He has roughly a fifth of Washington's goals this season and needed to be on his game against Patrik Laine and Winnipeg. The real story on Monday night, in Washington, in Winnipeg, and across the National Hockey League, is focused squarely on the battle between Alex Ovechkin and Patrik Laine.

It wouldn't hurt Ovechkin's cause if this season's substantial jump in scoring ends up sticking rather than being an aberration, by the way.

"That's pretty wonderful to reach that", Laine said Monday morning.

Two former Capitals teammates, Matt Hendricks and Mathieu Perreault, were watching from the Jets' side when Ovechkin reached his latest round number in a career full of accomplishments. "But then when you understand, holy f*&^ that's a lot of goals". Through 68 regular season matches, 34 of its games have gone over the total, while 32 have gone under and just two have pushed. He also has 15 goals in his past 11 games.

"That's huge. When you look at those numbers, you don't even think it's 599, 600", Kuznetsov said. "He's going to be a legend of the game". "But you know we still have time to work and we have to win the game", Ovechkin said after the second period of the game.

"It's very, very unique and unusual for a player of Alex's vintage to be staring 50 goals in the face", Leonsis said. He loved how physical Ovechkin played, and he started to model his game after him.

Jets head coach Paul Maurice has spoken at length about how much better Laine is skating lately and Monday he was asked how impressed he is that the Finnish sniper is producing so much offence at such a young age. As much as you're left kind of smiling when the puck goes in because it happens so often now and it's fun to watch, there have been an terrible lot of games where he could have had two or three more. And that's true of all players. "He's really grown and matured".