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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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On one end, Braden Holtby and Nate Schmidt combined to make a miracle stop to save the game. Then on the other, future hall of famer Alex Ovechkin scored on a brilliant individual play, skating past Rick Nash and shooting the puck through Henrik Lundqvist’s five-hole.

Caps win 4-3 in overtime. Alex Ovechkin scores career goal number 499 and his second goal of the game. It’s Ovi’s 5th game-winning goal of the season.

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Justin Williams has been kinda sorta bad luck this season. Caps players, including Alex Ovechkin and Williams himself, had seen goals washed out due to goofs this season. But on Saturday afternoon, Williams was the author of his own success, and even got luck to turn his way a little bit for once.

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Alex Ovechkin’s 498 career goal wasn’t a blockbuster. It wasn’t a decisive drive to the net, using a defenseman as a screen, or an Ovi Shot from the Ovi Spot, or anything like that. It was a gift, an accident, a farce.

And it still counts, dammit.

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On Wednesday, the Washington Capitals announced the signing of veteran center Mike Richards to a one-year deal. While Richards is a two-time Stanley Cup champion, the circumstances behind his move to Washington come out of sadness. In June, Richards was arrested at the Canadian border for transporting the opioid OxyCodone without a prescription. Shortly after, the Kings terminated his contract due to a “material breach.” He’s been out of a hockey since.

Friday, Richards practiced with the Capitals for the first time and was welcomed by Caps captain Alex Ovechkin in the most Ovi way possible. According to the Washington Post’s Isabelle Khurshudyan, the Russian machine crashed Richards’ press conference. Ovechkin stuck his phone into the scrum of reporters as if he was recording the interview.

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Alex Ovechkin has so much joy when he plays hockey. It’s one reason why people root for him. Every time he scores, he celebrates like it’s his first NHL goal. Every time the Caps win, there’s no one happier on the bench or on the ice.

Over the last few years though, Ovechkin has found even more joy celebrating his teammates’ accomplishments. On Wednesday, Ovechkin interrupted Nicklas Backstrom’s press conference to make a special announcement.

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Wednesday afternoon, the Washington Capitals announced the signing of center Mike Richards to a prorated one-year, one million dollar contract. The fiery Richards has won two Stanley Cups with the Los Angeles Kings, which is awesome. He’s also one of three players to ever drop the gloves with Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, which is really awkward if you think about it.

The Richards/Ovechkin brouhaha occured during a 2006-07 preseason game between the Caps and Flyers. It was Ovechkin’s first career NHL fight.

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Earlier today, Nicklas Backstrom and Braden Holtby were named to the 2016 All-Star Game roster, joining Alex Ovechkin, who was named Metropolitan Division Captain last weekend. This marks the first time since 1985 that the Capitals have had 3 players appointed to the All-Star Game at once.

The team was quick to react to the NHL’s choices. Nicklas has long been considered by Caps fans as All-Star material, but this will be his first time attending the All-Star game. His reaction was priceless.

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TJ Oshie just scored his 14th goal of the season, a power-play marker, via a picture-perfect passing play by Marcus Johansson and Nicklas Backstrom. His reward? A head pat from Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin.

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The glorified three-on-three hockey tournament the NHL is calling the All-Star Game now has its captains. On Saturday afternoon, the NHL announced that Washington’s Alex Ovechkin will captain the Metropolitan Division all-star team.

The first round of players named to the all-star game also includes Jaromir Jagr, Patrick Kane, and John Scott. Along with Ovechkin, those players will serve as captains of their respective divisional teams.

Kane leads all players in points this season, Jagr leads all active players in career points, Ovechkin is one of the best scorers of all-time, and John Scott is a half-funny, half-cruel prank concocted by online fan voting.

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