Doused with lager yet wearing his No. 8 pullover, Alex Ovechkin held three pucks in his right hand as he postured for an image with the remainder of the euphoric Washington Capitals in the meeting storage space at the Unified Center.
Three pucks that additional up to 800.
Ovechkin turned into the third NHL player to arrive at 800 vocation objectives when he scored multiple times Tuesday night, igniting a wild festival for his group and a thankful Chicago swarm.
“Before long as it worked out, sort of alleviation,” Ovechkin said after Washington’s 7-3 win over the Blackhawks. “Sort of satisfaction overall.”
Ovechkin scored on his initial two shots, beating Blackhawks goaltender Petr Mrazek 24 seconds into the game prior to stuffing one home on a show of dominance with 11:46 left in the principal period. The 37-year-old winger then finished his 29th profession full go-around when he thumped Anthony Mantha’s disregard a spread Mrazek 6:34 into the third.
“At the point when he got the main objective today, I was like, ‘This is the evening,'” partner Evgeny Kuznetsov said.
The other Capitals leaped off the seat to celebrate after the achievement objective, and caps descended upon the ice from the horde of 16,181. Fans in Chicago then, at that point, recited “Ovi! Ovi!” — drawing a wave from Ovechkin.
The star forward moved inside one objective of Gordie Howe for second all-time. Wayne Gretzky holds the record with 894 objectives.
“It’s a major number,” Ovechkin said. “It’s the best organization (you can) at any point envision since you began playing hockey.”
Ovechkin likewise applauded the group for its reaction.
“Indeed, even in the warmup, I was feeling that energy immediately,” he said. “The fans watch me and the fans need to see that verifiable second.”
At the point when it was finished, Ovechkin bounced onto the ice one final opportunity to show respect to the cheering fans. He then, at that point, gave his adhere to a kid wearing a Capitals shirt over the passage to the meeting storage space.
Not long after he got to the back, he was showered with brew by his reciting partners. Prodded into delivering a discourse, Ovechkin said achieving the accomplishment with the team was extraordinary.
“It was great,” Washington mentor Peter Laviolette said. “Being on the seat and be a piece of it, a piece of history was simply great.”
Ovechkin has seven objectives in his last four games and a group high 20 on the season. His past four objectives were all unfilled netters.
The Capitals play seven of their next nine at home.
“I think once he will be No. 1 he can have a good feeling,” Mantha said. “Up to that point, I believe he’s on the chase, and that is the thing we love about him.”
Ovechkin has been one of the NHL’s most hazardous scorers basically since he got two objectives in his presentation with Washington on Oct. 5, 2005, against Columbus.
The 12-time Elite player has nine seasons with something like 50 objectives, including a profession high 65 during the 2007-08 season. The three-time MVP, who won the Stanley Cup in 2018, had 50 objectives and 40 aids 77 games last season.
“It’s staggering,” Chicago commander Jonathan Toews said. “What number of folks can score objectives at his rate in the season, not to mention a large number of years after year? He’s unique, without a doubt.”