Russia’s Ovechkin reaches 750-goal mile-stone

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Alex Ovechkin is showing no signs of slowing down well into his 30s as the Russian all-star notched his 750th National Hockey League career goal to power the Washington Capitals to a 3-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The 36-year-old veteran reached the milestone at 3:12 of the second period on Saturday by launch-ing a wrist shot from just outside the faceoff circle that beat Columbus goaltender Daniil Tarasov to the far post.

American defenceman John Carlson set up the scoring play by feeding Ovechkin with a pass in the neutral zone that allowed the Russian to carry the puck on an odd-man rush over the Blue Jackets’ blueline.

Ovechkin joins a select group of NHL players, who have scored at least 750 goals, including all-time leader Wayne Gretzky (894).

The others are “Mr Hockey” Gordie Howe (801) and Czech star Jaromir Jagr (766).—APP

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