ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin became the sixth fastest player in NHL history to reach 400 career goals when he scored in the third period against the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday at PNC Arena. Ovechkin reached 400 career goals in just his 634th career NHL game, trailing only Wayne Gretzky (436 games), Mike Bossy (506 games), Mario Lemieux (508 games), Brett Hull (520 games) and Jari Kurri (608 games). Ovechkin also became the seventh youngest player in NHL history to score 400 goals.
Ovechkin leads the NHL in goals (29), power-play goals (12) and shots (173), ranks second in power-play points (22), fifth in points (40) and eighth in game-winning goals (4). Dating back to last season, Ovechkin has scored 52 goals in his last 56 regular-season games (3/14-12/20: 52 goals, 24 assists).
Ovechkin has reached numerous franchise milestones this season. The Moscow native scored his 398th career NHL goal on Dec. 15 against Philadelphia to pass Mike Gartner for second place on Washington’s franchise goal list. Ovechkin accomplished the mark in his 630th career NHL game - 128 games fewer than Gartner (758 games). In addition, Ovechkin scored two power-play goals on Dec. 10 versus Tampa Bay to collect his 138th career NHL power-play goal, passing Peter Bondra (137) on the franchise’s all-time power-play goal list.
Ovechkin was named the NHL’s “First Star” for the week ending Dec. 15. Ovechkin recorded five goals and one assist during the week, including a four-goal performance against Tampa Bay on Dec. 10. It marked the 19th time in his NHL career that Ovechkin has been named an NHL star of the week or player of the week and the 11th time he has been named the NHL’s “First Star” of the week.
Since entering the NHL at the beginning of the 2005-06 season, Ovechkin leads the league in goals (400), points (775), power-play goals (139), power-play points (304) and game-winning goals (63). He ranks third in NHL history in goals per game (0.63), trailing only Mike Bossy (0.76) and Mario Lemieux (0.75).