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Three thousand, sixty-four days after getting drafted at PNC Arena way back in 2004, Alex Ovechkin has scored his 400th career goal at the very same place, recording an empty-net goal against the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night. Unlike many of his goals, this one was unspectacular. With the Caps up 3-2 in the final minute, Ovi picked up Nicklas Backstrom‘s pass from the neutral zone and popped the puck into an empty net. Ovi hardly seemed to notice it went in, calmly skating back to the bench without his trademark glove-kiss celebration. The goal was anything but ordinary though. Ovi has become the sixth-fastest player to reach the 400-goal mark, underlining the resurgence of the Great Eight under Adam Oates.
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.
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