Countdown Complete! Alex Ovechkin Scores 700th Career Goal Against New Jersey Devils

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The question on everyone’s mind heading into the 2019-20 season was when Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin would reach the 700-goal milestone, as he entered the season with 658 goals and would need a reasonable 42 goals to become the eighth player in NHL history to reach the seven century mark in Goals Scored. On Saturday afternoon against the New Jersey Devils, the 34-year old former first overall pick accomplished just that.

Having already passed greats such as Teemu Selanne, Mario Lemieux, Steve Yzerman, and Mark Messier this season, Ovechkin scored his 699th goal against the Montreal Canadiens on February 20. Ovechkin scored his 700th at the 4:50 mark of the third period, tying the game 2-2. Evgeny Kuznetsov and Nick Jensen were credited with the assists on the goal. After a celebration of his own, Ovechkin was mobbed by his teammates, who rushed off the bench to mark the historic tally.

Ovechkin, who entered the game against New Jersey with 41 goals on the season, is the eighth player to reach 700 goals in his career, and is now nine goals from passing Capitals great Mike Gartner (708) for seventh all-time in Goals Scored. He is also the second-fastest player (1,444 games) to reach the mark, following Wayne Gretzky, who accomplished the feat in 886 games.

Ovechkin joins Gordie Howe as the only players to score 700 goals with one franchise, and passes Brett Hulls for fourth-most most Road Goals in the process.

A call from Radio play-by-play announcer John Walton:

The Capitals posted a tribute video to Ovechkin on social media, shortly after the red light was lit. The Devils’ crowd also saluted the Capitals’ captain on his monumental achievement.

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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