Capitals' Alex Ovechkin nets 500th NHL goal against Senators


Alex Ovechkin made history on Sunday when he netted his 500th career goal with3:41 to play in the second period against the Ottawa Senators.

The Washington Capitals became the 43rd player in NHL history to score 500 and the first Russian-born player to reach the milestone. He is also one of just six players to score his 500th before his 31st birthday.

Ovechkin had the opportunity to set the mark on a breakaway midway through the second period, only to hit the crossbar.

The three-time MVP and seven-time All-Star, who has scored seven goals in his last seven games, scored twice in the Capitals' 4-3 overtime win over the Rangers on Saturday to reach 499 career regular-season goals. 

Ovechkin is among the fastest NHL players to reach the scoring mark, doing so in his 801st career game. Only Wayne Gretzky (575), Mario Lemieux (605), Mike Bossy (647) and Brett Hull (741) scored 500 goals in fewer than 800 games, while Phil Esposito scored his 500th in his 803rd game.

Since entering the league a decade ago in the 2005-06 season, Ovechkin has scored 147 more goals and tallied 46 more points than any other player.

He has 24 goals and 13 assists in 41 games this season and ranks No. 14 among point leaders.