Friday January 8th, 2016

Now in his 11th year in the NHL, Washington Capitals star Alexander Ovechkin has scaled the all-time goals leaderboard in truly impressive fashion. Since breaking into the league at the age of 20, the Russian winger has never scored fewer than 30 times in a season, has been impressively durable, and on Sunday, he notched goal No. 500, becoming the 43rd NHLer, and first Russian-born player to accomplish the feat.

Late in the second period of Washington’s game against the Senators, Ovechkin ripped a shot from the left circle past goalie Andrew Hammond for a power play goal that gave the Capitals a 5–1 lead.

In honor of Ovechkin’s 500th goal milestone, here are eight of No. 8’s best-ever goals, beginning with perhaps his most famous highlight from 2006, his rookie year.

1/15/2006 vs. Coyotes

4/11/2008 vs. Flyers

4/24/2009 vs. Rangers

3/8/2010 vs. Stars

3/1/2011 vs. Islanders

11/20/2014 vs. Avalanche

12/20/2014 vs. Devils

5/2/2015 vs. Rangers

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