Alex Ovechkin has been considered by many as the best goal-scorer of his generation. On Thursday night versus the Dallas Stars, Ovechkin notched another lofty personal kudo by surpassing 2015 Hall of Fame inductee and former teammate Sergei Fedorov to become the all-time leader in goals scored in the NHL by a Russian-born player.
Ovechkin scored his 484th career goal in his 777th game, passing Sergei Fedorov, who scored 483 goals in 1,248 career NHL games. In 70 games in a Capitals sweater, Fedorov recorded 46 points (13 goals, 33 assists) and scored one of the most memorable goals in franchise history in the 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs versus the New York Rangers.
Fedorov said in an interview last week: “Records are made to be broken, so to me he’s always been the goal-scorer and when he got close, I’m like, ‘Of course it’s him”.
“I would like to congratulate Alex on this achievement,” said Fedorov. “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.”
Nicklas Backstrom earned two points (1g, 1a), including an assist on Alex Ovechkin’s goal to become the NHL’s all-time leader in goals among Russian-born players. Backstrom also earned an assist on Sergei Fedorov’s goal that broke Alexander Mogilny’s NHL record for career goals by a Russian-born player on Oct. 25, 2008 at Dallas.
Coach Trotz: “Everybody was excited. You’ll see me jump about four feet…actually about four inches. It was pretty exciting for everybody, because they knew that that was a little bit of history. You could tell he was gripping it pretty good, the [T.J.] Oshie pass over to Ovi earlier in the period. It was only fitting, I thought Ovi played his best game probably in the last five. I thought he played, I sort of call it ‘beast mode,’ where he’s playing hard and he’s just a beast out there to handle. I knew he was going to score today, you know when he’s in that mode he’s going to score.”
Ovi on Ovi: “Sooner or later I knew it was going to go. Of course you get a little frustrated when you have good chances go, especially in the second [period] when I hit the post…I think it was an important goal for us – put us back in the game – but I think we deserved more today, at least a point.”