Ovechkin tied Lanny McDonald for 42nd on the NHL's all-time goal-scoring list, and later passed him with his second goal of the night.
Play was stopped so the home fans could honor the 30-year-old as they gave him a standing ovation:
He accomplished the feat in his 11th year in the league, all with the Capitals. The 10-time All-Star has had a storied career. After earning a spot on the All-Rookie Team following the 2005-06 season, he led the NHL in goals two years later with 65. He's done it four more times, including each of the past three years.
Only four players in NHL history have scored 500 goals faster than Ovechkin, per StatsCentre. His accomplishment may also help Washington fans forget their NFL team's Wild Card Round loss Sunday, as ESPN suggested:
Silver lining for Washington fans? Alex Ovechkin becomes the first Russian-born player to notch 500 career goals. https://t.co/gMf6ujlN2Z2016-1-11 01:49:46
Ovechkin is showing no signs of slowing down for the first-place Capitals and remains a key player for a team that's looking for its first Stanley Cup championship.
Former NHL star Jeremy Roenick, who scored 267 goals in 524 games, took to Twitter to congratulate Ovechkin on his accomplishment:
Jeremy Roenick @Jeremy_Roenick
Congrats to Alex ovechkin on an amazing feet. 500 goals in 801 games. Simply sensational.2016-1-11 02:08:27
Jason Gregor of the Edmonton Journal broke down Ovechkin's sensational feat:
Jason Gregor @JasonGregor
To put Ovie goal in perspective. Iginla, who is 19th all-time in goals and played in same era, took 1149 games to score 500. Ovie in 801.2016-1-11 02:12:51
The 38-year-old Jarome Iginla, who scored his 600th goal on Jan. 4, is tied for 18th on the all-time goals list. If Ovechkin can play another eight years and stay healthy, he could finish as one of the game's top five all-time scorers.
Now at 501 career goals, he sits just one behind Joe Mullen for 41st all time.