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Alex Ovechkin records his 500th NHL goal


Alex Ovechkin records his 500th NHL goal

Alex Ovechkin became the fifth-fastest player to record his 500th NHL goal Sunday night when he snapped a Jason Chimera feed past Ottawa Senators goaltender Andrew Hammond 16:19 into the second period at Verizon Center, giving the Caps a 5-1 lead and sending the crowd into an ear-piercing frenzy.  

Ovechkin was mobbed by his teammates and waved wildly to the crowd, which included his father and mother. His mother, Tatyana, wiped tears from her eyes. 

Ovechkin’s milestone goal was his team-leading 25th of the season, which ties him with Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn for the NHL lead. It came in his 801st NHL  game.

Only four NHL players have gotten to 500 goals faster than the 30-year-old Ovechkin, who is in his 11th NHL season. 

Wayne Gretzky netted his 500th goal in his 575th game at the age of 25. Mario Lemieux needed 605 games to hit the 500 milestone at the age of 30. Mike Bossy netted his 500th in his 647th game at the age of 28, and and Brett Hull did it in 693 games at age 32.

Since entering the NHL in 2005-06, Ovechkin has posted 149 more goals and 49 more points than any player in the NHL. Ovechkin already ranks first in the Capitals’ 42-year history in goals (500), points (933), power-play goals (185), game-winning goals (85) and overtime goals (16). 

Earlier this season Ovechkin passed Sergei Fedorov as the NHL’s leading Russian-born goal scorer.

Ovechkin had several chances at his 500th goal in the first half of the game. He had seven attempts at the net in the first period, three of them stopped by Hammond, two of them blocked and two of them missed the net. 

Earlier in the second period, Ovechkin busted out of the penalty box, where he was serving a penalty to goaltender Philipp Grubauer, and broke in alone on Hammond, only to fire a shot high over the net. A few minutes later Ovechkin again broke free but had his wrist shot stopped by Hammond’s left shoulder.

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Heroes on the ice: Every Capitals player's superhero character

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Heroes on the ice: Every Capitals player's superhero character

Look, up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's the Washington Capitals!

It's not hard to picture your favorite athletes as superheroes. What the Caps are able to do on the ice seems almost superhuman at times.

Heck, they even have uniforms!


But the similarities don't just end with the physical attributes and abilities. When you begin to really think about each player, you can see a lot of similarities between each of them and some well-known superheroes.

If each Caps player was a superhero, which one would they be? Check out each player's superhero character here.


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Dmitry Orlov dazzles his hometown of Novokuznetsk with the Stanley Cup

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Dmitry Orlov dazzles his hometown of Novokuznetsk with the Stanley Cup

Friday featured Dmitry Orlov and his jam-packed schedule with the coveted Stanley Cup.

The 27-year-old native of Russia decided to take the Cup to Novokuznetsk (located in the southwest region of Siberia) for a meet and greet with fans by the Ferris wheel at Gagarin City Park.

It should be mentioned that Orlov's day with the trophy was nearly derailed after a travel glitch that sent the Cup to Novosibirsk instead of his hometown. 

Thanks to the ultimate assist from a helicopter, the Cup arrived in style and set up one memorable entrance for the defenseman. 

Orlov released this hype video which highlights his entire day on Instagram: 

Дорогие друзья! Огромное спасибо, что разделили с нами наш праздник! Для нас это значимое и большое событие! Ещё раз приносим искренние извинения за задержку с кубком! И спасибо за понимание, мы старались сделать все максимально быстро! Спасибо за тёплый приём! Нашим родным, друзьям, тренерам, отдельная благодарность! Вы сделали наш праздник, наш день! Мы никогда не забудем этот праздник! P.S. Лена @govor_elena , тебе и твоим родным, отдельная благодарность, если бы не ваша помощь, то не известно когда бы кубок был в Новокузнецке!

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Talk about a banner weekend for the Washington Capitals. The Ovechkins welcomed their new son, Sergei Aleksandrovich, into the world and Orlov pulled off yet another spectacular day with the Cup.