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In 2015, former Capital Andrew Gordon wrote about what it was like playing with future Hall of Famer Teemu Selanne. Gordon also touched on how considerate and thoughtful the recently retired 684-goal scorer is.

Now we can see it with our own two eyes. On Monday morning, Selanne released a short video congratulating Alex Ovechkin reaching the 500 goal plateau — a feat he accomplished November 22, 2006 against Jose Theodore.

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Alex Ovechkin Named NHL’s First Star of the Week

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It’s Monday, which means it’s time for the NHL’s Stars of the Week. Braden Holtby, the best goalie in the league, is normally honored with these things. Not this week. Instead, the honor goes to Alex Ovechkin, who on was named the NHL’s First Star of the Week after scoring his 498th, 499th, 500th, and 501st goals in just over 24 hours. Ovechkin has done all of this in a league where scoring continues to go down. He now leads the league with 26 goals. It’s amazing.

“To get 500 in this league with how everybody playing, the goalies, it’s pretty cool,” Ovechkin said after the game Sunday.

Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek and Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie were the runners-up.

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When Alex Ovechkin scored his 500th goal on Sunday, a few readers noticed that Ovechkin’s parents, Tatyana and Mikhail, were sitting in totally different areas of Verizon Center. A proud Tatyana, wearing a yellow coat, broke down in tears.

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Alex Ovechkin’s Milestone Goals to 500: Video Timeline

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Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scored his historic 500th NHL career goal on Sunday night. There are lots of tributes out there, but we wanted to do something short that captured the big milestones.

Set to Sasha Belyi’s Champion (yes, the same song Ovi rapped on), relive the simply sensational work of The Great 8.

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Gratitude for Alex Ovechkin

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I thought it might be important to write down how we were feeling in this moment. So often, what we say is wrapped up in irony, bile, or fatuousness, but Sunday night was different. Sunday night was better.

All at the same time, we all seemed to realize that we were witness to something special, and — in addition to awe — we all seemed to feel the same feeling: gratitude.

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Alex Ovechkin Poses With Milestone 500 Goal Puck (Photos)

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One inch thick, three inches wide, and 501 of them in the back of the net since Alex Ovechkin first laced up. The Caps shared the above photo of Ovechkin posing with his milestone 500th goal puck after his historic two-goal game against the Ottawa Senators.

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Alex Ovechkin had a milestone night on Sunday in front of a home crowd and his friends and family. Ovechkin struck twice in Washington’s 7-1 trouncing of the Ottawa Senators, recording career goals 500 and 501 in thrilling fashion. The drama was not lost on Ovechkin, his teammates, or his head coach. Here’s some of what they said after the game.

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Alex Ovechkin scored his historic 500th NHL goal tonight and what a magical moment it was. The goal brought all of Ovechkin’s teammates to the ice in celebration. It inspired a three-minute long standing ovation from the Verizon Center crowd. Ovechkin’s mother Tatyana cried happy tears.

But Ovechkin’s father Mikhail was relatively subdued at the milestone. It wasn’t until Papa Ovi got a shout-out during his son’s post-game interview that he got truly rowdy.

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Alex Ovechkin is unable to can’t. With 500 goals under his belt, Ovi could have kicked up his loafers and watched the grinders play out the duration of Sunday’s whipping of the Senators. He could have done that, but he didn’t. Instead, Ovechkin scored another goal, a Signature Ovi goal, the kind that made him the world’s greatest scorer in the first place. And he did it on two-time Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson.

This is vintage Ovi.

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Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin just accomplished something that practically guarantees his admittance into the Hockey Hall of Fame. The Russian machine scored his 500th career goal in his 801st game, becoming the fifth fastest player in NHL history to reach that milestone.

The goal, a power play tally, came on Senators goaltender Andrew Hammond. Jason Chimera and Andre Burakovsky assisted on the goal.

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