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Alex Ovechkin career timeline: Draft through 700 goals

Forward is one of eight players to reach milestone, also won Conn Smythe, named one of NHL's 100 Greatest Players

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Alex Ovechkin scored the 700th goal of his career in a 3-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday, becoming the eighth player in NHL history to reach the milestone.

He's earned his reputation as one of the best pure goal-scorers in NHL history, and his performance during his 15 seasons, all with the Capitals, has made him a generational talent.

The 34-year-old forward iwon the 2006 Calder Trophy winner, is a three-time Hart Trophy winner and a eight-time Rocket Richard Trophy winner. He has won the Art Ross Trophy winner and is a three-time Ted Lindsay Award winner. He won the Stanley Cup in 2018 when the Capitals beat the Vegas Golden Knights in five games and he was named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as playoff MVP.

Here's a look at some of the most important dates in Ovechkin's career:

June 26, 2004: The Capitals select Ovechkin with the first pick in the 2004 NHL Draft.

Oct. 5, 2005: Ovechkin makes his NHL debut against the Columbus Blue Jackets. He scores two goals in a 3-2 win.

Jan. 13, 2006: Ovechkin gets his first NHL hat trick in his 43rd game, scoring all of Washington's goals in a 3-2 overtime win at the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.

Jan. 15, 2006: In one of the defining plays of his NHL career, Ovechkin scores a spectacular third-period goal after falling down and sliding on his back in a 6-1 win at the Phoenix Coyotes.

Video: Alex Ovechkin miraculously scores while on his back

Feb 15, 2006: Ovechkin plays his first game for Russia at the 2006 Torino Olympics.

April 13, 2006: Ovechkin scores in the first period of a 5-3 loss to the Atlanta Thrashers, becoming the fourth rookie in NHL history to get 50 goals in a season. He joins Teemu Selanne (76, 1992-93 season), Mike Bossy (53, 1977-78) and Joe Nieuwendyk (52, 1987-88). Ovechkin finishes with 106 points (52 goals, 54 assists) in 81 games.

June 22, 2006: Ovechkin wins the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie.

Oct. 12, 2007: Ovechkin scores his 100th NHL goal in a 3-1 loss to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

March 21, 2008: Ovechkin becomes the 19th player in NHL history to have a 60-goal season when he scores a third-period goal in a 5-3 win against the Thrashers.

April 11, 2008: In his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut, Ovechkin has a goal and an assist in a 5-4 win against the Philadelphia Flyers. The Capitals lose the best-of-7 series 4-3.

June 12, 2008: The "Great 8" cleans up at the 2008 NHL Awards. After finishing the 2007-08 season with 112 points (65 goals, 47 assists), Ovechkin wins the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player, the Art Ross Trophy as the leading scorer, the Rocket Richard Trophy as the leading goal-scorer and the Ted Lindsay Award as the most outstanding player as voted by the NHL Players' Association. He is the first player to win all four awards in the same season.

 

May 4, 2009: In a second-round playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Capitals win Game 2, 4-3. Ovechkin and Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby each have a hat trick. However, Washington loses the series in seven games.

June 18, 2009: Ovechkin becomes the 17th player in NHL history to win the Hart Trophy twice, and the 10th player to win the award in consecutive seasons.

Feb. 5, 2009: Ovechkin joins Gretzky, Lemieux and Mike Bossy as the only players to score 200 goals in their first four NHL seasons when he gets No. 200 in a 5-4 loss to the Los Angeles Kings.

April 5, 2011: A power-play shot from the top of the left circle against the Toronto Maple Leafs makes Ovechkin's the sixth-youngest player in NHL history to score 300 goals.

June 14, 2013: After finishing the 2012-13 season with 56 points (32 goals, 24 assists) in 48 games, Ovechkin becomes the eighth player in NHL history to win the Hart Trophy three times.

Sept. 29, 2013: Less than five months before the 2014 Sochi Olympics, Ovechkin carries the Olympic torch. He tweeted: "So sick!!!!!!! best moment in my life!!! thx @cocacola and Sochi 2014 !!!!" with a picture of him carrying the torch.

Dec. 20, 2013: Ovechkin becomes the 89th NHL player to score 400 goals. He is the sixth-fastest to do so, trailing Wayne Gretzky, Mike Bossy, Mario Lemieux, Brett Hull and Jari Kurri.

Feb. 1, 2015: With a first-period, power-play goal in a 4-3 loss to the St. Louis Blues, Ovechkin reaches 30 goals for the 10th consecutive season. He becomes the fifth NHL player to accomplish that feat, joining Bossy, Gretzky, Kurri and Mike Gartner.

June 24, 2015: Ovechkin accepts his fifth Rocket Richard Trophy at the 2015 NHL Awards. He is the fifth player to lead the League in goals outright at least five times, joining Gretzky and Gordie Howe (five times each), and Bobby Hull and Phil Esposito (six times), with Hull tying for the League lead on a seventh occasion.

Nov. 20, 2015: With his 484th NHL goal, Ovechkin passes Sergei Fedorov for most goals by a Russian-born player. It took Fedorov 1,248 games to set that record; Ovechkin broke it in 777.

Jan. 10, 2016: Ovechkin becomes the 43rd player to score 500 NHL goals with a power-play goal against the Ottawa Senators at Verizon Center.

Nov. 19, 2015: Ovechkin passes Sergei Fedorov for the most NHL goals scored by a player born in Russia when he gets No. 484 in his 777th NHL game.

Jan. 11, 2017: Playing in his 880th NHL game, Ovechkin becomes the 84th player in League history to reach 1,000 points when he scores a first-period goal against the Penguins. It's also his 545th goal, passing Maurice Richard.

Jan. 27, 2017: In a ceremony during All-Star weekend in Los Angeles, Ovechkin is named one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players presented by Molson Canadian.

Jan. 2, 2018: Ovechkin scores his 100th game-winning goal and NHL-record 22nd in overtime to give the Capitals a 5-4 win against the Hurricanes.

Jan. 25, 2018: Ovechkin becomes the sixth player in NHL history to score 30 or more goals in 13 consecutive seasons and gets his 500th assist in the Capitals' 4-2 win against the Florida Panthers.

March 3, 2018: Ovechkin becomes the sixth player in NHL history to score 40 or more goals in at least nine seasons when he scores in a 5-2 win against the Maple Leafs in the 2018 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland. The others are Gretzky (12), Lemieux and Marcel Dionne (10), and Bossy and Mike Gartner (nine).

March 12, 2018: Ovechkin becomes the 20th player to score 600 NHL goals when he scores twice in a 3-2 overtime win against the Jets.

Video: Ovechkin becomes a member of the 600-goal club

May 7, 2018: Ovechkin has the primary assist on Evgeny Kuznetsov's goal in overtime to help the Capitals to a 2-1 win against the Penguins. It's their first win in their past seven playoff series against Pittsburgh and they advance to the conference final for the first time in the Ovechkin era.

May 23, 2018: Fittingly, it's Ovechkin with what turns out to be the game-winning goal in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final, a 4-0 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning to help Washington advance to the Cup Final for the first time since 1998.

May 30, 2018: Two days after making his Stanley Cup Final debut, Ovechkin has his first goal of the Final in a 3-2 win in Game 2 against the Vegas Golden Knights to give Washington its first Cup Final win in history.

June 7, 2018: Ovechkin scores his 15th goal of the playoffs, setting the Capitals record for the most during a single postseason and wins the Conn Smythe Trophy to lead Washington to its first Stanley Cup championship with a 4-3 win against the Golden Knights in Game 5 of the Final.

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April 7, 2019: Ovechkin wins the Rocket Richard Trophy for a record eighth time. The forward scored 51 goals, holding off Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl, who was second with 50. Ovechkin broke a tie with Bobby Hull, who led the NHL seven times.

Jan. 20, 2020: The forward scored three goals in a 6-4 win against the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum, giving him 692 carere goals to tie Steve Yzerman for ninth place on the career goal llist. He passed Mario Lemieux (690) of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Feb. 4, 2020: Ovechkin joined Wayne Gretzky as the only NHL players to score 40 goals in 11 seasons when he scored three times in the third period against the Los Angeles Kings. Ovechkin became the first player with 11 seasons of at least 40 goals with one team.

Feb. 22, 2020: Scored his 700th NHL against the Devils. Gretzky (894), Gordie Howe (801), Jaromir Jagr (766), Brett Hull (741), Marcel Dionne (731), Phil Esposito (717) and Mike Gartner (708) are the other players to score 700 NHL goals.

Video: WSH@NJD: Ovechkin scores 700th NHL goal

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