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Milestone! Capitals' Alex Ovechkin Scores 500th Goal

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    The Caps' Alex Ovechkin celebrates his 500th career NHL goal in the second period with teammates Andre Burakovsky and Jason Chimera. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

    Alex Ovechkin scored his 500th goal Sunday night, becoming the 43rd player in NHL history to reach the milestone.

    Ovechkin reached the mark in vintage fashion, scoring from just beyond the left hash marks during a second-period power play to give the Washington Capitals a 5-1 lead over the Ottawa Senators.

    Ovechkin got an extended standing ovation and took a lap around the rink, acknowledging the cheering crowd that included his parents.

    But he wasn't done: Later in the same game, Ovechkin scored career goal 501.

    At 801 games, the Russian winger is the fifth-fastest player to 500 goals, trailing only Hall of Famers Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Mike Bossy and Brett Hull.