After scoring 33 goals in 2016-17, his second-lowest total in a non-lockout-shortened season, the 32-year-old Ovechkin's resurgence made his climb to 600 all the more impressive.
"I'm excited to play hockey". My parents watched the game at home and they are happy. "I can tell my grandkids, my kids, I played with Ovechkin".
"No, not at all". The team's been forced to kill penalties just 7.1 minutes per game over their last 10 outings. "That's the only thing we're anxious about", said Laine.
So, Ovechkin's 13-year contract ($9.538 million cap hit) expires after the 2020-21 season, meaning Ovechkin has 13 regular-season games plus three more seasons to continue piling up goals.
Laine, a 19-year-old Finn, studied Ovechkin highlights and became a Capitals fan as a result. "But the work is not done yet".
Alexander Ovechkin is one of the greatest pure goal scorers in National Hockey League history, and the Washington Capitals star reached another impressive milestone Monday night.
"That's pretty unbelievable to reach that". His sheer volume would lead one to suggest that he'll get back on that goal-scoring wagon soon. "But 600 goals in under 1,000 games, it's pretty unreal", said Laine. He said the other day 40's good but 50's nicer and he's going to get 50 goals. But his game has really changed. It took Ovi 990 games to achieve the feat. "That was true before Paul (Stastny) got here and they clearly have a nice chemistry together". As much as you're left kind of smiling when the puck goes in because it happens so often now and it's fun to watch, there have been an bad lot of games where he could have had two or three more. At any age, those numbers would be elite. Laine has 40 goals and 23 assists to his creditand has logged at least one point in 44 games.
Jets forward Mathieu Perreault was asked if he had a theory for why the secondary scoring has gone quiet or if the dry spell was cause for concern. He joked that Ovechkin scoring 600 was "a free meal" for him and was thrilled to put a positive capper on the night for Washington. It's the last time that the two clubs will go at it in the regular season. "So we're not really too anxious about it at all".
Capitals center Evgeny Kuzetsov gave the Capitals a crucial 3-2 victory over the Jets Monday night, but that wasn't the only thing he won.
"(Hutchinson) over his career, has been good on back-to-backs. "I'm still young", he said before pointing out how he shaved recently. Kulikov has also flown back for further evaluation on an upper-body injury suffered last Thursday in New Jersey.
Jets defenceman Jacob Trouba remains on track to return to action shortly after the end of the road trip, while centre Adam Lowry isn't far behind him.