After four scoreless games and a couple of called-back goals, Alex Ovechkin is officially the highest scoring Russian born player in NHL history.
Ovechkin came into Thursday’s contest against the Dallas Stars stuck at 483 career goals, tied with former teammate Sergei Fedorov for the most all-time by a Russian player in the NHL. In the third period, Ovechkin finally found the goal to give him his piece of history, though. As part of a net front scramble, Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom made a nifty no-look backhand pass that landed right on Ovechkin’s tape for a no-doubter:
Ovechkin has scored some beautiful goals in his career, but there’s little doubt that this tally — an ugly, clean-up-the-trash style goal — will be one of the ones the ‘Great 8’ remembers for the rest of his life.
For a bit of comparison, the previous record holder, Fedorov, scored his 483rd goal at age 39 and 115 days. Ovechkin notched this goal, his 484th, at age 30 and 62 days. That’s an age difference of more than 3,300 days. With every goal Ovechkin scores from here on out widening the gap between he and Fedorov, it wouldn’t be shocking were Ovechkin to end his career more than a couple hundred goals ahead of Fedorov.
The Capitals wouldn’t be able to pick up the win on Ovechkin’s historic night, however. Little more than four minutes after Ovechkin scored to tie the contest at two, Jason Spezza notched the game-winning goal for the Stars.