Alex Ovechkin becomes 20th player ever to score 600 goals

Connor Hellebuyck gloves a shot on goal during the second period

Alex Ovechkin scored twice to reach 600 goals as the Washington Capitals moved back into first place by beating the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 in overtime. Ovechkin scored his 599th goal on the 5th minute of the opening period and his 600th on the 4th minute of the middle period.

After scoring a power play goal in the first period (on one of his eight shot attempts in the period), Ovechkin tallied career goal No. 600 (and his league leading 42nd of the season) in the second period to become just the 20th player in NHL history to reach the milestone.

The Winnipeg Jets winger might not keep track of each time Alex Ovechkin or Evgeni Malkin scores, but he knows how many goals they have.

The only players to score 600 faster were Wayne Gretzky (718 games), Mario Lemieux (719) and Brett Hull (900).

Health, more than anything else, may be the biggest factor behind where Ovechkin ends up on the all-time list when his career comes to an end - and he's missed only 28 games in 13 seasons to date.

Laine and Ovechkin went into their showdown Monday night tied at 40 goals. While "The Great One" had much better numbers early in his career, he last hit 40 goals in his age 30 season and the 30-goal mark in his age 33 season. "But you know we still have time to work and we have to win the game", Ovechkin said after the second period of the game.

Ovechkin already has nine more goals than he put up all last season.

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"I don't think people understand how hard that is to do", Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri said. "He's got a very special shot".

"Of course it's special", Ovechkin told reporters after the game.

"Ovi's got a big, winding up wrister and it comes off just kind of so insane whereas Patty, it's nearly like he's throwing darts at the net", Chiarot said. "I think it's the most risky shot in the league". He can see an entirely different player from a month ago. He said the other day 40's good but 50's nicer and he's going to get 50 goals. "Any of these guys, confidence is a critical piece".

Malkin right now might be the most unsafe player in the league.

Right wing Tom Wilson sent a centering pass toward the net, just out of Ovechkin's reach.

'Right now parents in Moscow and she makes it, ' Ovechkin said.

Playing on the same team as Sidney Crosby could leave Malkin underappreciated at times, but he's playing some of the best hockey of his career. "It's like every shot goes in". 'I was in a good spot - just behind him.

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