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Ovechkin’s chase for 700th goal continues Monday on NBCSN

Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is two goals away from 700 and is climbing the all-time goals list, while also breaking records and making a strong case to eventually top Gretzky's 894 career goals.

GR8NESS: OVI’S CHASE FOR 700: As Alex Ovechkin approaches 700 career NHL goals, PHT is going to examine all aspects of his goal-scoring prowess. We’ll break down and provide context for his amazing stats, project if he can top Wayne Gretzky’s record of 894, and take a look at his most important goals.

Alex Ovechkin couldn’t push his goal total beyond 698 on Saturday. He’ll get another crack at 700 on Monday, as Ovechkin’s Capitals host the New York Islanders on NBCSN. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. ET.

The originally-scheduled matchup between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Columbus Blue Jackets will be shown on NBCSN in the Tampa Bay, Columbus and New York local markets. Viewers in the Washington D.C. market can find Caps-Islanders on NBC Sports Washington.

Ovechkin must hope that things go better during his next game. The Philadelphia Flyers dominated his Capitals 7-2 on Saturday, holding Ovechkin to zero points and two shots on goal. Saturday represented a rare slow night lately for Ovechkin, who was coming off of Feb. 4 hat trick against the Kings.

Ovechkin, 34, ranks among the NHL’s hottest snipers this season. Despite Saturday’s rare dry spell, Ovechkin already has 40 goals and 57 points in 54 games this season.

The Islanders rank as one of the league’s stingier teams, even with some recent stumbles, so Ovechkin has his work cut out for him on Monday.

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James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.