Ovechkin to be honored on Friday vs. Islanders

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Washington Capitals will honor Alex Ovechkin on Friday night in a pre-game ceremony. The ceremony will take place when the Caps play against the New York Islanders.

The team is honoring Ovechkin for his 600th NHL goal, which he scored against the Winnipeg Jets. He will receive a special gift from the organization in the pre-game ceremony.

Washington Capitals left winger Alex Ovechkin playing against the Winnipeg Jets

Alex Ovechkin playing against the Winnipeg Jets (Getty Images)

He scored his 600th career goal against Connor Hellebuyck.

“I seem to be on the wrong end of all these milestones,” Hellebuyck said. “I was there for [Sydney] Crosby’s [1000th point]. [Evgeni] Malkin got one on me. I think [Phil] Kessel got one on me. I don’t know. And now Ovechkin. I’m definitely going to be in some historical film.”

Capitals owner Ted Leonsis, along with team president Dick Patrick his wife Nastya Ovechkina, will also be on the ice when Ovechkin is honored.

He’s the fourth-fastest player in league history to reach 600 goals. He scored his historic goal on Monday in the second period against the Winnipeg Jets at Capital One Arena.

Ovechkin needed 990 career games to reach the plateau. He trails only Wayne Gretzky (718 games), Mario Lemieux (719 games) and Brett Hull (900 games).

The 32-year-old was the No. 1 overall pick by the Capitals in the 2004 NHL Draft. The Russian native has had 1,109 points, along with 600 goals and 509 assists, with Washington.

He became the first player in franchise history to have 1,100-points on Feb. 15, 2018, against the Minnesota Wild.

According to the Capitals, the winger is first in franchise history with goals (600), points (1,109), power-play goals (224), game-winning goals (100), overtime goals (22), shots (4,836) and multi-goal games (119).

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