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Boucher wishes Ovechkin a happy anniversary on date of famous goal

Former goalie has not forgotten about sliding score that slipped past him

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / Staff Writer

Memories: Ovechkin's iconic goal

Memories: Rookie Alex Ovechkin scores an iconic goal

On January 16, 2006 rookie sensation Alex Ovechkin scores a "simply sensational" goal against the Phoenix Coyotes

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Happy anniversary Alex Ovechkin. Signed, the goalie on the wrong end of perhaps your most famous goal.

Brian Boucher, a hockey analyst for NBC Sports and goalie of the then-Phoenix Coyotes 14 years ago sent a message to Ovechkin on their special day.

Tweet from @BrianBoucher33: Happy anniversary @ovi8

The goal, from January 16, 2006, is an unforgettable one. Ovechkin tumbles to the ice, sliding on his back and sweeps the puck into the net over his head without looking, somehow beating a diving Boucher.

Fourteen years later to the day, on Thursday, Ovechkin had a had trick to run his career goal toal to 689, currently in 11th place. He is now one behind Mario Lemieux for 10th place.

Ovechkin also now has 31 goals on the season. He became just the second player to score over 30 goals in his first 15 seasons, joining Hall of Fame forward and Mike Gartner who played for the Capitals from 1979-88.

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