Washington Capitals captain and superstar sniper Alexander Ovechkin becomes the first Russian-born player to tally 500 career goals.

By William Chase

Alexander Ovechkin tallied his 500th career goal Sunday night in the Washington Capitals’ game against the Ottawa Senators.

With the Caps up 4-1 in the second period, it was classic OV from the right face-off circle, ripping it past the Hamburglar, Andrew Hammond.

Ovechkin, the fifth-fastest player to reach the mark, is now tied for 42nd all-time on the NHL goal scoring list with Lanny McDonald.

Ovechkin has been a superstar since entering the league in 2005. He’s buried at least 50 goals in a season six times, and at least 40 seven times.

Remember, he lost half a season in 2012-13 due to the NHL lockout, and he still put up 32 goals through 48 games.

There’s no stopping the Great 8.

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William Chase is editor at Elite Sports NY, and has been featured on such prominent websites including Bleacher Report. William is also currently the Marketing & Media Relations Intern for the Augusta GreenJackets.