Alex Ovechkin breaks NHL record for most career goals by a Russian (Video)
Washington Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin has scored more goals at the NHL level than any Russian in the game’s history.
Ovechkin took a feed in front of the Dallas Stars net in the third period of a Thursday game at Verizon Center and buried the shot past Kari Lehtonen. Ovechkin’s 484th goal came in his 777th NHL game. It took former record holder Sergei Fedorov 1,248 games to hit 483 goals. The video of the score is above.
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“I would like to congratulate Alex on this achievement,” Fedorov said in a statement provided by the Capitals. “What he has accomplished thus far in his career has been nothing short of remarkable. I had a great opportunity to play with Alex in Washington and have seen first-hand the respect, passion and enthusiasm he has not only for the game of hockey but for his country as well.”
Ovechkin had been stuck on 483 goals since Nov. 7. The 30-year-old winger had gone four games without a goal – or a point for that matter.
“Alex has meant a great deal to our organization and our community and it has been a pleasure to watch as he continues to rewrite the record books,” Capitals president Dick Patrick also said in a statement provided by the team. “Alex is a proud Russian and this record means a great deal to him, especially knowing the respect and admiration he has for Sergei.”
Ovechkin still has a ways to go to beat Fedorov, who was enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame over a week ago, as far as career NHL points for a Russian. Fedorov has 1,179 to Ovechkin’s 912.
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