Alex Ovechkin Scores Career Goal Number 399 (GIF)

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Photo credit: Matt Slocum

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is scoring goals like he’s Santa and every day is Christmas. On Tuesday night, Ovechkin scored his 28th goal of the season (in his 32nd regular season game) on a casual backhand.

All of a sudden, Ovi scoring a goal is whatevs. But it shouldn’t be!

Ovechkin now relies on his teammates and his positioning more than he used to, He’s still working towards becoming one of the most complete scorers of our generation.

But that’s not why I’m writing tonight. After taking over the franchise record in power play goals from Peter Bondra last Tuesday, we must now turn our attention to Ovechkin’s next career accomplishment: scoring 400 career goals before the age of 30.

Ovechkin, who scored number 399 tonight, has had the distinction of being the Caps’ second leading goal scorer of all-time for two days now now, after passing Hall of Famer Mike Gartner on Sunday (397).

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Ovechkin is already one of the top 90 scorers of all-time (#89) with possibly another decade of hockey still to play.

He now is knocking on the door at 400. Incredible.

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  • TowsonTrumpetGuy .

    Watching the slo-mo of that goal it almost looks like Mason moved intentionally to let it in :P

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com Ian Oland

    Haha. I agree. Mason was in a pretty solid position covering the lower part of the net there. I guess he thought Ovi was roofing it short-side and out-smarted himself instead of reacting.

  • Shaun Phillips

    Sorta looked like he lost his positioning too and that he was trying to extend his leg to reach for the post (thinking he wasn’t already past it).

  • Alex

    You should compile a list of players who have scored 400 goals before turning 30. Now THAT is something I’d like to see.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    13 guys. Gretzky, Bossy, Kurri, Lemieux, Dionne, Goulet, Robitaille, Lafleur, Brett Hull, Yzerman, Jagr, Gartner, Bobby Hull

    http://hkref.com/tiny/IbgZy

  • GetchaGrubbOn

    This is the kind of lucky bounce that great players seem to catch the breaks on. You know Marty is sitting on the bench watching this nonsense goal wondering why the hockey gods are frowning so hard upon him.

  • kyle

    I love the caps and ovechkin but he needs to improve in his own end. I get so upset at his lack of effort and him just gliding around

  • Shaun Phillips

    Elite company. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that there’s a few linemates on that list (Gretzky/Kurri and Lemieux/Jagr). Interesting to see most of the dates on those players from early/mid 80s into early 90s.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    Yeah. All the high-scoring eras. It makes Ovechkin even more impressive for having done it in the wake of the lockout and the dead puck era.