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Alex Ovechkin No. 699: Capitals star now one shy of 700 milestone

It took more than two weeks, but Alex Ovechkin is last but not least a single phase nearer to his 700th job purpose. 

The Russian experienced been in the midst of a 5-recreation purpose slump, his longest of the season, but a property recreation in opposition to the reeling Montreal Canadiens furnished a terrific possibility to get back on the scoresheet.

A lot less than eight minutes into the initial interval, he took benefit and rifled a snapshot past Carey Price for his 699th job purpose. Ovechkin has historically experienced the Habs’ range, with the purpose on Thursday night being his thirty third job marker in just 50 games in opposition to Montreal. 

There are only 7 players in background who have attained the seven hundred targets mark: Wayne Gretzky (894), Gordie Howe (866), Jaromir Jagr (766), Brett Hull (741), Marcel Dionne (731), Phil Esposito (717) and Mike Gartner (708). Ovechkin is now eighth on the all-time scoring record, getting handed Mark Messier (694) and Steve Yzerman  in January. 

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The purpose slump coming into the game had caused some inside the Capitals’ firm to talk out, including GM Brian MacLellan.

“From observing, I would say I believe everybody would like him to get it and are making an attempt difficult for him to get it… let’s just play our recreation and it is likely to come about organically,” MacLellan told NHL.com on Wednesday . “It’s just likely to get treatment of by itself.”

Ovechkin also weighed in ahead of Thursday’s recreation. 

“I don’t believe any person thinks about it,” he stated. “If it transpires, it transpires. It is really just a issue of time. Tomorrow, after tomorrow, whatsoever. We’re focusing right now to get our recreation far better, to secure a playoff place, and then we will transfer on.”