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Ovechkin scores 500th career goal

AP

Alex Ovechkin scored his 500th and 501st goals to become the 43rd NHL player to reach the milestone and the Washington Capitals beat the Ottawa Senators 7-1 on Sunday night.

Ovechkin reached the mark in vintage fashion, scoring from just beyond the left hash marks during a second-period power play to give the Washington Capitals a 5-1 lead.

Ovechkin was mobbed by teammates, got an extended standing ovation and took a skate around the rink, acknowledging the cheering crowd that included his parents. He later drew another roar while waving to fans from the bench.

“It’s a great feeling obviously to do it in front of our fans,” Ovechkin said, adding that it was a “pretty special moment.”

He added No. 501 midway through third, beating a defender with a sweeping deke at the top of the zone before smacking a shot past goalie Andrew Hammond for the 7-1 advantage.

At 801 games, the Russian winger is the fifth-fastest player to 500 goals, trailing only Hall of Famers Wayne Gretzky (575 games), Mario Lemieux (605), Mike Bossy (647) and Brett Hull (693). The 30-year-old Ovechkin has 26 goals this season, including five over his past three games, and is the NHL leader in career goals by a Russian-born player.

Blackhawks 6, Avalanche 3

In Chicago, Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa each scored two goals for the Blackhawks.

Sabres 4, Jets 2

In Winnipeg, Sam Reinhart scored three goals for his first NHL hat trick and Buffalo snapped a six-game skid.

Red Wings 2, Ducks 1

In Anaheim, Riley Sheahan scored with 3:44 remaining in the third period to give Detroit a victory over the Ducks and its fifth straight win.

Panthers 2, Oilers 1

In Edmonton, Jaromir Jagr and Jonathan Huberdeau scored in the first period, Al Montoya made 24 saves and Florida beat the Oilers to extend its franchise-record win streak to 12 games.

Devils 2, Wild 1

In St. Paul, Minnesota, Jon Merrill put New Jersey ahead in the third period with his first goal of the season, Cory Schneider made 17 saves and the Devils beat the Wild.