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Alex Ovechkin scores 300th career goal

Tuesday, 04.05.2011 / 7:49 PM / News

Alex Ovechkin became the sixth-youngest player in NHL history to reach 300 goals when he scored 11:28 into the first period of Washington's game at Toronto on Tuesday night.

Ovechkin blasted a power-play one-timer from inside the left circle past Leafs goaltender James Reimer to reach the milestone and tie the game at 1-1.

At 25 years and 200 days, Ovechkin reached 300 goals fastest than everyone except Wayne Gretzky (22 years, 321 days), Mario Lemieux, (23, 179), Dale Hawerchuk (24, 308), Mike Bossy (25, 60) and Steve Yzerman (25, 176).

Ovechkin scored No. 300 in his 476th NHL game, the seventh-fewest ever. Gretzky was the fastest, scoring his 300th goal in career game No. 350. He's followed by Lemieux (368th game), Brett Hull (377), Bossy (381), Jari Kurri (441) and current Anaheim forward Teemu Selanne (464).

Youngest players at time of 300th goal
Years Days
22 321 12/13/1983 Wayne Gretzky
23 179 04/02/1989 Mario Lemieux
24 308 02/06/1988 Dale Hawerchuk
25 60 03/23/1982 Mike Bossy
25 176 11/01/1990 Steve Yzerman
25 200 4/05/2011 Alex Ovechkin
Fewest games to 300 goals
350 Wayne Gretzky 12/13/1983
368 Mario Lemieux 04/02/1989
377 Brett Hull 04/12/1992
381 Mike Bossy 03/23/1982
441 Jari Kurri 04/06/1986
464 Teemu Selanne 02/27/1999
473 Alex Ovechkin 04/05/2011

Quote of the Day

We've got to find a way to win a game. He's played well in the minors, now he gets his opportunity. We tried [with Jonathan Bernier]. The way I look at it, you get opportunities and you make the most of it. That's what [James Reimer] did. Now another opportunity is here and Sparks ... you gotta grab it. Is he ready? We'll find out.

— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock to the Toronto Star on recalling goalie Garret Sparks from the AHL to start Monday in his NHL debut
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