Alex Ovechkin Scores 500th Career NHL Goal: Comments and Reaction

Mike NorrisFeatured ColumnistJanuary 10, 2016

Jan 9, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) in action against the New York Rangers during the third period of an NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden. The Capitals defeated the Rangers 4-3 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
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Washington Capitals left winger Alex Ovechkin scored his 500th career NHL goal Sunday in the second period of his team's game against the Ottawa Senators.

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:

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:

Jason Gregor of the Edmonton Journal broke down Ovechkin's sensational feat:

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.