Everyone at Verizon Center — from his teammates, to his coaches, to his fans, and even the man himself — was ecstatic when Alex Ovechkin netted career goal No. 500 against the Senators on Sunday night. But, as it turns out, all the hoopla got in the way of what Ovechkin really wanted to do after accomplishing the momentous achievement.
"I was surprised when they jumped on the ice," the man of the hour told CSN's Jill Sorenson postgame. "I knew I [was] gonna do some crazy things, but I don't have the time to do that. I just wanted to do my celebration. But as soon as I put my head up, I was like, 'Holy sh*t.'"
Among those soaking up every second of the milestone was Ovechkin's dad. He was seen on the videoboard intensely fist pumping, and was also shown recording what was happening with his phone. No. 8, of course, noticed that.
"He's crazy like that," Ovechkin said. "I tell him all the time, like, 'Just enjoy the moment.' Why do you have to film it?"
But Ovi's father wasn't the only one of his parents living it up after their son's latest goal: His mother got a surprise visit at her seat from owner Ted Leonsis. Ovechkin, however, was a bit skeptical of how smoothly their conversation could have gone.
"To be honest, I didn't know what they were talking about because my mom can't speak English," he said. "Only, 'Yes, no, good,' that's it. But, yeah, I have a good relationship with Ted, and they've treated me well since day one."
Watch the full interview with Ovechkin in the video player above. It's one for the books.