Ovechkin nears Lemieux on all-time goals list

Ovechkin nears Lemieux on all-time goals list

Alex Ovechkin is nearing Mario Lemieux’s spot on the NHL’s all-time goals list.

Ovechkin scored a hat trick in the Capitals' 5-2 win over the Devils on Thursday, bringing his career goal total to 689. He's now one goal shy of Lemieux's career total of 690 goals, which ranks No. 10 all-time in the NHL.

“It’s great,” Ovechkin said of nearing Lemieux’s mark. "He was one of my idols when I was growing up. I got lucky, I had time to play against him, I was on the ice with him a couple of times. It’s huge. Those names, they are legends. To be close to those guys, it’s pretty impressive.”

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