Top stats to know: Alex Ovechkin scores 500th goal

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Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scored his 500th goal on Sunday night. Let’s commemorate that accomplishment with five stats to know about it.

1. He’s the 43rd player, the third active player (joining Jaromir Jagr and Jarome Iginla) and the first Russian-born player to reach that mark. The 500th tied him with Lanny McDonald for 42nd in NHL history and the 501st later in the game passed McDonald on that list. His 26 goals are one better than Patrick Kane and Jamie Benn for the NHL lead.

2. The Elias Sports Bureau notes that he’s the fifth quickest to reach the 500-goal mark (801 career games). The quickest is Wayne Gretzky (575), followed by Mario Lemieux (605), Mike Bossy (647) and Brett Hull (693).

3. Ovechkin began his NHL career in the 2005-06 season. The next-most goals scored since the beginning of that season is Iginla’s 351.

4. Ovechkin currently ranks third in goals per game (.625) among players with at least 250 career goals, trailing Bossy (.762) and Lemieux (.754). That will be tough to maintain through the rest of his career. He’s a hair ahead of fellow Russian Pavel Bure (.623) and a little bit more ahead of Gretzky (.601).

5. Elias notes that the goalie against whom Ovechkin has scored most is Henrik Lundqvist of the Rangers. Ovechkin has 20 against him, including two in Saturday’s win.