ARLINGTON, Va. – Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin became the NHL’s leader in career goals by a Russian-born player on Wednesday, scoring his 484th career goal in the third period against the Dallas Stars at Verizon Center. Ovechkin scored his 484th career goal in his 777th game, passing Sergei Fedorov, who scored 483 goals in 1,248 career NHL games.
"I would like to congratulate Alex on this achievement," said Fedorov. "What he has accomplished thus far in his career has been nothing short of remarkable. I had a great opportunity to play with Alex in Washington and have seen first-hand the respect, passion and enthusiasm he has not only for the game of hockey but for his country as well."
“Alex has meant a great deal to our organization and our community and it has been a pleasure to watch as he continues to rewrite the record books," said Capitals president Dick Patrick. "Alex is a proud Russian and this record means a great deal to him, especially knowing the respect and admiration he has for Sergei."
Ovechkin, 30, was selected by the Capitals in the first round, first overall, in the 2004 NHL Draft. The Moscow native has registered 912 points (484 goals, 428 assists) in 777 career games with Washington and became the first player in franchise history to reach 900 career points on Oct. 20 at Calgary. Ovechkin ranks first in franchise history in goals (484), points (912), power-play goals (177), game-winning goals (81), overtime goals (15), shots (3,918) and multi-goal games (100). The 6’3”, 239-pound left wing is a three-time winner of the Hart Trophy and a five-time winner of the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy. Ovechkin led the NHL in goals (53) last season, becoming the sixth player in NHL history to record six 50-goal seasons, joining Mike Bossy (9), Wayne Gretzky (9), Marcel Dionne (6), Guy Lafleur (6) and Mario Lemieux (6).
Fedorov earned 1,179 points (483 goals, 696 assists) in 1,248 career NHL games. The Pskov, Russia, native registered 46 points (13g, 33a) in 70 games with the Capitals from 2007-09 and broke Alexander Mogilny’s NHL record for career goals by a Russian-born player with two goals in Washington’s 6-5 overtime win at Dallas on Oct. 25, 2008.
Since entering the NHL at the beginning of the 2005-06 season, Ovechkin leads the NHL in goals (484), points (912), power-play goals (177), power-play points (357) and game-winning goals (81). In addition, Ovechkin leads the NHL in goals since 2001-02 despite beginning his NHL career in 2005. He is the only player in the NHL to score 30 or more goals in each season since 2005-06 and his average of 0.624 goals per game is fourth in NHL history (minimum: 300 games played), trailing only Bossy (0.762), Cy Denneny (0.755) and Mario Lemieux (0.754).