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Video: Ovechkin becomes sixth fastest player to 400 goals in Caps win

Dec 20, 2013, 9:48 PM EDT

Alex Ovechkin is enjoying a staggering goal-scoring season, but Friday presents a reminder that he’s generating an amazing goal-scoring career. With an empty-netter in Washington’s 4-2 win against Carolina, he notched his 400th goal:

Ovechkin, 28, did so in just 634 games, becoming the sixth fastest player to reach the 400-goal plateau. Here are the icons in front of him:

1. Wayne Gretzky (436 games)
2. Mike Bossy (506)
3. Mario Lemieux (508)
4. Brett Hull (520)
5. Jari Kurri (608)

Ovechkin also had an assist on Friday, giving him 29 goals and 11 assists for 40 points in 33 games played.

(Nicklas Backstrom continues to generate great work in Ovi’s shadow, as he collected four assists as the Capitals improved to 19-13-3 on the season.)

  1. ravenscaps48 - Dec 20, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    Alex the Great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    That’s 400 Exclamation Points… Just for you, blomfeld!

    • blomfeld - Dec 21, 2013 at 1:19 AM

      IN ALL SERIOUSNESS …

      I can guarantee you that Ovi would be ‘way’ more happier playing on the Kings !

      LOL ! :) Congrats Tovarisch Ovechkin and merry Christmas to all excellent Capital fans out there !

  2. vbcaps - Dec 20, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    What a perfect way to get 400. The feed from Backstrom (who quietly had 4 assists).

  3. 19inarow - Dec 20, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Congratulations. I’m glad to see a player in this era prove that goals can be scored at a torrid pace.

    Most amazing, seeing the list, is that Gretzky did it in a couple hundred fewer games.

    • gret9 - Dec 20, 2013 at 11:15 PM

      Yeah, I understand the game was different than today, but it was different for everyone back then and there isn’t anyone in the same zip code as The Great One….almost averaging a goal a game for 5 years….WOW!

      • micasa81 - Dec 21, 2013 at 12:41 AM

        You mean postal code – he did it in Edmonton.

    • joey4id - Dec 21, 2013 at 8:09 AM

      Backstrom is the best 200 feet player on the Caps no doubt. He is a complete player.

  4. gil1930 - Dec 21, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    Mike Bossy was a goal-scoring machine.
    9 straight 50 goal seasons, and he reitred after injuries limited his success in season 10.

  5. gil1930 - Dec 21, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    Mike Bossy was a goal-scoring machine.
    9 straight 50 goal seasons, and he retired after injuries limited his success in season 10.

  6. micasa81 - Dec 21, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    Congrats Ovi, you’re among some heady company there.

  7. cspsrbums - Dec 21, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    Congrats OV

  8. ovi8hull16 - Dec 21, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    Congrats to Ovi. Best goal scorer of this generation. (Wonder where Stamkos sits in this race to 400). Backstrom is quietly one of the top 10 skaters in the league in my book. Should be at least top 20 in everyone else’s book, if you’ve got a brain. So glad to have him on our side.

  9. ovi8hull16 - Dec 21, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    The Great 8 joins the Golden Brett and the Great One!!!!!

  10. 19to77 - Dec 21, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    Man. What a freaking wizard Bossy was. Such a damn shame he retired so young. Ah well. Not taking anything away from Ovi. Huge accomplishment, congrats to the Great 8!

  11. jimeejohnson - Dec 22, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    At least he hasn’t gone back to Russia with his tail between his legs. Congrats to a truly great player Alexander Ovechkin.

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