Milestones have a way of weighing a player down. Alex Ovechkin is no stranger to major career milestones, but still expressed relief in the wake of scoring goal No. 600 on Monday.
"Finally it's over and now we're going to talk about hockey, not about numbers,” he said.
As great he may feel, however, Ovechkin’s relief was certainly matched by linemates Tom Wilson and Evgeny Kuznetsov who both notched assists on the historic goal.
“[Ovechkin’s] the best goal scorer maybe all-time,” Wilson said. “It's on us if we don't get him the puck. It's a little bit of pressure definitely.”
“That's a free meal for me for sure,” Kuznetsov said. He later explained, “when [Ovechkin] hits the milestone he always treat the team pretty nice.”
Getting Ovechkin the puck was not a problem Monday. The top line played extremely well together and Ovechkin finished the game with eight shots on goal and 15 total shot attempts.
With goal No. 600 now in the books, it allowed time for his teammates to reflect on the accomplishment.
“When you look at those numbers you don't even think like ah it's 599, 600,” Kuznetsov said. “But then when you understand, I mean holy [expletive] that's a lot of goals. I can't score 20 in a year. This is 600. That's huge. That's a special talent for sure.”
For Wilson, a player some dismissed as a fourth line goon early in his career, the opportunity to play on the same line as Ovechkin and help him reach 600 goals is something, “I’ll remember my whole life.”
Wilson added, “It's a relief that it's over and we can work on whatever next milestone is coming for him.”
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