Ovechkin reaches 500-goal milestone as Caps thrash Sens

Sun Jan 10, 2016 11:36pm EST
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(The Sports Xchange) - Alex Ovechkin became the fifth-fastest player to record his 500th NHL goal and added another for good measure as the 30-year-old led the Washington Capitals to a 7-1 rout over the Ottawa Senators on Sunday.

"It's nice to be in that spot," Ovechkin told reporters after playing in his 801st NHL game.

"It's a history moment. I wave and blew a kiss to my dad and my mom. My dad quit is his job and spend all his time with me. Basically he was my personal coach when I was a little kid and for him it was a special moment.

"It's a pretty special moment for them."

Forwards Justin Williams, T.J. Oshie, Zach Sill and Tom Wilson, and defenseman Dmitry Orlov also scored goals for the Capitals, who improved to an NHL best 32-7-3. The Capitals are now 13-1-1 in their last 15 games.

The Senators' only offense came from forward Mike Hoffman, who netted his team-high 20th goal of the season in early in the second period.

Fighting for the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference standings, Ottawa has lost five of its last six and eight of its last 10.

"It's obviously a tough one to swallow," said Senators goalie Andrew Hammond, who allowed seven goals on 36 shots.

"It's one of those nights where you figure out pretty early you're not at your best, but you've got to find a way to keep your team in it and I wasn't able to do that tonight."   Continued...

Jan 10, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) is surrounded by teammates right wing T.J. Oshie (77), center Nicklas Backstrom (19), defenseman Matt Niskanen (2) and defenseman Karl Alzner (27) against the Ottawa Senators during the third period at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Rafael Suanes-USA TODAY Sports