Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin scores 500th goal

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) celebrates just after scoring his 500th career goal during the second period of a NHL hockey game against the Ottawa Senators in Washington, D.C., Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin scored his 500th goal Sunday night, becoming the 43rd player in NHL history to reach the milestone.

Ovechkin reached the mark in vintage fashion, scoring from just beyond the left hash marks during a second-period power play to give the Washington Capitals a 5-1 lead over the Ottawa Senators.

Ovechkin got an extended standing ovation and took a lap around the rink, acknowledging the cheering crowd that included his parents.

At 801 games, the Russian winger is the fifth-fastest player to 500 goals, trailing only Hall of Famers Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Mike Bossy and Brett Hull.

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