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Added November 23rd, 2015 by Ian
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Alexander Ovechkin becomes NHL’s all-time top-scoring Russian

Forward Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals scored the 484th goal of his NHL career at the Verizon Center in Dallas, Texas on Thursday, November 19th to become the all-time, top-scoring Russian born player in NHL history. He had been tied with tie with former Detroit Red Wing great Sergei Fedorov for about a week before scoring the historic goal. Ironically, Ovechkin assisted on Fedorov’s record-setting goal six years earlier. In addition, both of the markers came against the Dallas Stars. Ovechkin and Fedorov also played together with the Capitals as Fedorov played 70 games with Washington before hanging up his skates.

Ovechkin scored goal number 484 in his 777th NHL game while Fedorov took 1,248 contests to reach 483. Next on the list of Russian goalscorers is Alexander Mogilny in third place with 473 in 990 games while Pavel Bure tallied 437 in 702 outings and Alexander Kovalev had 430 in 1,316 games. Up to now, no Russian player has ever scored 500 regular-season goals. However, the 30-year-old Ovechkin should easily reach that milestone this season.

Ovechkin’s 484 goals since breaking into the NHL are league high during that span. Ovechkin tied Fedorov’s record back on Nov. 7 and scored twice since then, but both goals were disallowed. He went goal less in four games before finally setting the new mark. Ovechkin was obviously pleased with his accomplishment, but wasn’t celebrating the fact and his ninth goal of the season after the game since the Capitals were beaten 3-2 by Dallas.

When Ovechkin does finally score his 500thgoal he’ll become the 43rd or 44th player in NHL history to do so. Forward Marian Hossa could beat him to it since he has 489 goals in his 1,188 regular-season games. Also, Ovechkin will reach 500 goals in the fifth-fewest games as just Brett Hull, Mike Bossy, Mario Lemieux and Wayne Gretzky reached the 500 mark quicker. Ovechkin was chosen with the first-overall pick in the 2004 NHL draft by Washington and won the rookie-of-the-year award for the 2005/06 campaign with 52 goals and 54 assists.

Ovechkin is a 10-time all star who has won several individual awards for his excellent play. These include three Hart Memorial Trophies for being the league’s most valuable player as well as five Rocket Richard awards for leading the league in goals. He’s also captured the Art Ross Trophy once for leading the league in overall scoring. He’s just the sixth player in league history to score at least 50 goals in six different seasons. Ovechkin had nine goals and eight assists for 17 points in his first 17 games this season. That gave him 484 goals and 428 assists for 912 points in his 777 contests. He also had 36 goals and 34 assists in 72 postseason matches.

 
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