Capitals star Alexander Ovechkin nets 600th career National Hockey League goal

Connor Hellebuyck gloves a shot on goal during the second period

Connor Hellebuyck gloves a shot on goal during the second period

Alexander Ovechkin is one of the greatest pure goal scorers in National Hockey League history, and the Washington Capitals star reached another impressive milestone Monday night.

Alex Ovechkin entered Monday's showdown against the Winnipeg Jets needing just two goals to hit the 600-mark for his career. However, while Gretzky and Gordie Howe, who scored 801 NHL goals, played in a significantly higher-scoring era, Ovechkin has spent his entire NHL career in one of the lowest-scoring eras ever recorded in the league.

The Russian forward has tallied nine seasons of 40-plus goals, and his 65 goals in 2007-08 are the most in a single season since Mario Lemieux's 69 in 1995-96. He is the NHL's only player to score at least 30 goals in every season since the 2005-06 campaign. Ovechkin is now 32-year-old and he'll need to average about 29 goals-per-year over the next 10 seasons to surpass Gretzky at 894.

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