TORONTO – A 5-on-3 advantage, a quick pass from Brooks Laich and then a one-timer past James Reimer. The Caps tied the score on the Alex Ovechkin goal, but it was much more significant than that.
It was Ovechkin’s 300th career NHL goal, coming in his 473 games. He’s the sixth-youngest player in league history to hit that milestone at 25 years, 200 days.
In terms of games played, only six other players did it faster. That company is pretty good, too: Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Brett Hull, Mike Bossy, Jari Kurri and Teemu Selanne.
“It feels good. When you score 300 goals in your six years, it’s a big accomplish[ment],” Ovechkin said. “We have a great team; teammates give me sometimes unbelievable chances to score goals.”
Ovechkin has looked like a different player since returning from three games out with an undisclosed injury. He scored the game-winner in overtime Saturday night for No. 299 of his career.
Then came No. 300 just 11:28 into Tuesday night’s game against the Maple Leafs at Air Canada Center.
“Alex is one of the most talented players that I’ve ever played with, so when he’s going, the rest of us are going,” Jason Arnott said.