Reliving Ovechkin's "The Goal"
It will happen very soon. Maybe tonight in Philly. Or Friday night in Raleigh. Or Saturday night against the Devils at the Phone Booth.
It would be pretty cool to see it in front of Bruce Boudreau and the Ducks on Dec. 23, but it probably won’t take that long.
Through 632 games Alex Ovechkin is two goals shy of 400 in his NHL career. If he can do it in the next two games he will become the sixth fastest NHL player to do so, hitting the milestone in his 634th game, one ahead of Pavel Bure, who notched his 400th goal in his 635th NHL game.
The complete list is below:
So, with his milestone goal fast approaching, we asked Ovi a simple question: Which goal will you remember most? His answer was none of the above.
“Probably the one against [Marty] Brodeur,” Ovechkin said. “Olympics. Torino. Top shelf. He goes down, I score. Third period, it was 0-0. It was a huge goal.”
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Ah, yes. Leave it to Ovi to stick it to the Canadians, whose 2-0 loss to the Russians in the quarterfinal round of the 2006 Winter Olympics dashed the hopes of Wayne Gretzky and millions of Canadian fans who were left without a medal of any kind.
Ovechkin’s goal came 90 seconds into the third period to give Russia a 1-0 lead and Alex Kovalev sealed the win with a goal with 23 seconds remaining.
After that game, an exuberant 20-year-old Ovechkin was asked what the win meant to Russia.
“Everybody in my country is jumping, I think,” Ovechkin told reporters. “And everybody at the Olympics will drink lots of vodka.”
As for his most memorable NHL goal, Ovechkin says it came in his first NHL game on Oct. 5, 2005 at what was then named the MCICenter. It came against Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Pascal Leclaire.
Ovechkin scored a second time against Leclaire and the Caps went on to a 3-2 win in their season opener.
“It was something new for me,” Ovechkin said. “First game, I don’t know what to expect. It was a pretty cool moment.”
According to Elias Sports Bureau, here is the NHL’s list of the fastest to 400 goals:
Wayne Gretzky -436
Mike Bossy – 506
Mario Lemieux - 508
Brett Hull - 520
Jari Kurri - 608
Pavel Bure - 635