The historical milestones of Alex Ovechkin have become so numerous, not all of them seem to register anymore as headline news. Once he hit 600 goals, he was already in elite company. Now each name he passes on the NHL’s all-time goals list is just further proof of how incredible a scorer he is.
A good example was Wednesday’s win over the Vegas Golden Knights in which Ovechkin scored career goals No. 610 and 611 to pass Bobby Hull for sole possession of 17th place. And yet, Ovechkin wasn’t even the story of the game.
One person who was excited, however, was Evgeny Kuznetsov.
“That’s free meal for me,” he said to reporters after the game.
Kuznetsov had an assist on both of Ovechkin’s goals Wednesday and was excited about the possibility of cashing in after helping Ovechkin reach another milestone.
But it’s a good thing Kuznetsov was asked about it because he did not know Ovechkin had passed Hull until he was told.
Like the rest of us, Ovechkin’s incredible exploits have become so numerous, it’s hard to keep track of them all. His milestone goals feel almost commonplace at this point, but his greatness never does.
“I not even know about that, but I'm pretty sure that's free meal for us,” Kuznetsov said. “He hit the milestone every 10 games. It's pleasure to play with him. You may not understand right now but when you get older, you understand what kind of guy he is. And he's one of the best players in probably whole history, right, and he's gonna be in the Hall of Fame and maybe one of those pictures in Hall of Fame I'm gonna be somewhere around him just after we score.”
Kuznetsov better enjoy his meal because it could take a while before he gets his next one.
Ovechkin now sits 14 goals away from Jarome Iginla and Joe Sakic, both of whom sit tied for 15th with 625 goals. He also sits 29 goals away from No. 14 Dave Andreychuk and 45 away from No. 13 Brendan Shanahan.
Knowing Ovechkin though, it probably won’t take him as long to reach those players as you might think.
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