Ovechkin’s Bittersweet Milestone

Number 200 wasn't enough for a win

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Alex Ovechkin netted his 200th career goal on Thursday night, but he'd just as soon give it back in exchange for a win.

The LA Kings, once again, got the best of the Caps, but in the process, the Great Eight became the fifth fastest in NHL history to score 200 goals.

Playing in his 296th career game, Ovechkin won't lose much sleep trailing the likes of Wayne Gretzky (242 games), Mike Bossy (255), Mario Lemieux (277), and Brett Hull (280) in quickest to a double-hundo.

But Ovie should lose sleep over the performance of his team in a 5-4 loss to a Kings team that's looking in on the Western Conference playoff chase from juuuust a bit outside.

The Caps showed their youth with an inconsistent effort and costly turnovers, but also displayed moxie with a fast and furious comeback attempt in the waning moments of the game.

Nevertheless, Washington can ill afford to have such a letdown after Tuesday's big win against the New Jersey Devils. The road ahead doesn't get any easier with the Florida Panthers coming to D.C. on Saturday, followed by a three-game road trip.

Number 200 is a great personal accomplishment for Alex the Great, but get over it ... as in right now.

At the rate No. 8 is going, 200 will just be a blip on the radar screen of his career anyway.

Kyle Weidie also writes Truth About It and contributes to Bullets Forever, both Washington Wizards blogs. Because of this, some may call him self-loathing.

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