After scoring goal number 399 in his 633rd career game on Tuesday, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is now on the verge of some history. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the 28-year-old Russian machine could become the sixth fastest NHL player ever to reach four hundred goals if he scores today or tomorrow. The list goes like this: Wayne Gretzky (436 games played), Mike Bossy (506 games played), Mario Lemieux (508 games played), Brett Hull (520 games played), and Jari Kurri (608 games played). Those players all played during eras with much higher scoring than today.
Reader Sam B. asked us to do something to honor Ovi should that magical goal happen tonight at PNC Arena. Yeah: we’re on it.
I’ll let him explain:
I live in Richmond and all of my best friends here are huge Caps fans, and a few of us are huge RMNB fans (not that the others wouldn’t be, they’re just not followers of blogs n’ such).
Five of us Caps fans are headed to the game tonight in Carolina, and will be sitting in the 100 level, and are obviously pumped about the game, but are more excited to be in the building as Ovi sits on the cusp of hitting a significant goal amount – unfortunately it’s not in our building.
In honor of your M – (Ovi face) – P posters from last year, I created the attached which has a little holiday flair to it.
I printed off 60 11×17 copies to hand out at the game so there will be some Santa-hat-clad Ovi’s in the building.
Here’s his sign. Caps fans going to the game in Raleigh tonight: seek out this man and get yourself a copy!
Of course, if Ovi is unable to record the milestone tonight (or he scores and you want to honor during tomorrow’s warm-ups), we’ve got you covered for Saturday’s home game against the New Jersey Devils. Our take on Sam’s signs are above.
Imagine hundreds of people holding these up after Ovi scores? That’d look incredible.
So get to printing these suckers out (or maybe even these too), and we hope to see Sam’s tonight or ours tomorrow.
Note: We are superstitious. If you hold these up before Ovi scores #400, he will never score again.