Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin became the fifth-fastest NHL player to reach the 500-goal plateau on Sunday when he scored on the power play against the Ottawa Senators. While the three-time Hart Trophy winner would love for everyone to "just Google it" when reviewing some of his more memorable goals, we've taken the liberty of presenting some of the highlights right here. Here's a closer look on how the "Great 8" became the 43rd player in NHL history to score 500 goals:
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Top overall pick of 2004 draft nets two in NHL debut
First goal (Oct. 5, 2005): After joining owner Ted Leonsis, left, following his selection with the first overall pick of the 2004 draft, Ovechkin patiently waited for the lockout to end before unleashing his scoring touch on the NHL. The then-20-year-old tallied twice against Pascal Leclaire in his NHL debut to lift Washington to a 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Ovechkin finished the season as the Calder Trophy winner.
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Tip of the cap for Ovechkin's hat tricks
First hat trick (Jan. 13, 2006): Playing in his 43rd NHL game, Ovechkin recorded the first of his 13 career hat tricks in a 3-2 overtime win against the then-Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. The Russian standout scored on a breakaway and tallied from the bottom of the left circle in regulation before besting Jean-Sebastien Giguere once again in overtime. Ovechkin has registered a trio of four-goal performances in his career, with the last coming in the Capitals' 6-5 shootout victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Dec. 10, 2013.
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Checkmate against 'The King'
No. 100 (Oct. 12, 2007): Ovechkin has tormented Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers throughout his career, highlighted by his work in the front of the net for this milestone goal. Playing in his 167th career contest, Ovechkin's tally in the 3-1 loss made him the fastest to reach 100 goals since Philadelphia Flyers superstar Eric Lindros in 1995.
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Ovechkin wastes little time reaching 200 goals
No. 200 (Feb. 5, 2009): Ovechkin put himself in some elite company with his 200th goal, as he joined Wayne Gretzky, Mike Bossy and Mario Lemieux by reaching the milestone within his first four seasons in the league. Ovechkin tallied midway into the third period to bring his team within one, but Washington ultimately dropped a 5-4 decision to the Los Angeles Kings.
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Streaking Ovechkin scores familiar goal versus Maple Leafs
No. 300 (April 5, 2011): With his team on a 5-on-3 advantage, Ovechkin unleashed a blast from the top of the left circle that sailed past Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer for this milestone goal. At 25 years old, Ovechkin became the sixth-youngest player to reach 300 goals and seventh-fastest player to do so.
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Exhausted Ovechkin scores into empty net for No. 400
No. 400 (Dec. 20, 2013): OK, so this milestone goal was scored into an empty net against the Carolina Hurricanes, but 400 tallies in 634 career games is impressive nonetheless. Ovechkin finished the season with 51 goals, his most since recording 56 during the 2008-09 campaign.
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Ovechkin moves past countryman Fedorov
Most goals by Russian-born player (Nov. 19, 2015): Ovechkin became the NHL's leader in career goals by a Russian-born player when he netted his 484th tally in the third period versus the Dallas Stars. The goal was scored in his 777th career game to move past Hall of Famer Sergei Fedorov (center), who had 483 in 1,248 NHL contests.
No. 500 (Jan. 10, 2016): With his parents in attendance at the Verizon Center, Ovechkin scored his milestone goal by wiring the puck from the top of the left circle past Ottawa Senators netminder Andrew Hammond. Ovechkin added another tally in the 7-1 rout to highlight his 801st contest, making him the fifth-fastest player in NHL history to reach 500 goals -- trailing Wayne Gretzky (575 games), Mario Lemieux (605 games), Mike Bossy (647 games) and Brett Hull (693 games).