Alex Ovechkin becomes 20th player ever to score 600 goals

Evgeni Malkin left and Alex Ovechkin centre

Winnipeg Jets' Patrik Laine among NHL players racing to 50 goals

Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin has become the 20th player in NHL history to reach 600 career goals, further cementing his status as one of the league's all-time best offensive talents.

Less than four minutes into the second period of the Washington Capitals' game against the Winnipeg Jets, Ovechkin put back a rebound and skated into the spotlight as the latest member of the NHL's 600-goal club.

However, his teammates are still in awe of the 32-year-old, given his production over the years and how he breezes through milestones that many players will never reach.

Ovechkin, 32, needed only 990 games to complete the feat, which only Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Brett Hull completed quicker.

Ovechkin entered Monday's game tied with Winnipeg's Patrik Laine for the league lead in goals.

Ovechkin scored twice in another historic performance and Evgeny Kuznetsov had the overtime victor as the Capitals returned to first place by beating the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 on Monday night. He said the other day 40's good but 50's nicer and he's going to get 50 goals.

His wife, Nastya, had flown back from Moscow just in time.

Ovechkin tosses a puck into the stands (right in front of me).

"When I score 599, I felt like, 'OK I still have to make a push two periods,"' Ovechkin said.

While Ovechkin said his 600th goal is special, he is ready to keep pushing as the team shifts its focus to closing out the season strong and readying for a deep playoff run. "I'm very proud of him", Leonsis said. "I was there when he made history, so I can maybe watch that someday and show I was there on the ice". He joked that Ovechkin scoring 600 was "a free meal" for him and was thrilled to put a positive capper on the night for Washington.

"He knew he was going to get it done today", Trotz said after the Capitals' 3-2 overtime victory.

"I feel like my legs were 15 years old", Kuznetsov said. "Of course right now, I'm going into enjoy the time. It's 600 now, you have to score another to make 601".

In San Jose, Eric Fehr scored his first goal with the Sharks and San Jose closed a six-game homestand by handing the Detroit Red Wings their seventh straight loss. C Mark Scheifele is expected to miss his fourth consecutive game Tuesday with an upper-body injury.

Jets: Visit the Central Division-leading Nashville Predators on Tuesday night.

Latest News