The Russian Machine & Great 8, Washington Capitals Captain Alexander Ovechkin scored #599 and #600 the other evening against the Winnipeg Jets to become only the 20th player in history of the NHL to reach 600 goals.
Ovi is only the 4th player to do it in under 1,000 games, joining Gretzky, Lemieux & Brett Hull and the third youngest player to achieve it alongside Gretzsky & Lemieux, and the first Russian (or pre-Russia Soviet) to reach the mark in the North American based league.
He is one goal behind Jari Kurri for #19th all time and only ten behind Bobby Hull for 16th both of which are possibilities based on his current goal scoring pace.
The two point night began with a Power Play goal bringing his regular season career total of Power Play goals to 225 where he remains in 10th place all time, just behind Ciccarelli, as well as Dionne, Lemieux, Shanahan, Robitaille, Esposito, Selanne, Brett Hulll & Andreychuk. 37.5% of his goals come on the powerplay which is roughly the same pace as Cicarelli, Robitalle & Shannahan for their career Power Play contributions.
The record setting goal came at even strength. It is regular season career goal #371 at events putting him in sole possession of 21st place, now only two behind Mats Sundin for a spot in the top 20.
His 0.606 regular season goals per game average remains 6th all time wedged between fellow Russian Burre (0.623) & Gretzsky (0.601) while his Career Regular Season Goals Created moved up to 462, only one behind Bossy and second among active players, behind only Thorton.
And, while there’s a number ways of doing era-adjusted scoring, Ovi’s 600 goals translate, according to Hockey Reference, to 690, good for 7th all time, while the NHL’s Rob Vollman estimates it works out to 840, good enough for 5th all time era-adjusted.