WASHINGTON – 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.