But everyone was left in awe of the great Ovechkin, who could become the first player age 32 or older to lead the National Hockey League in goals since Phil Esposito in 1974-75.
"I just sometimes look at the scoreboard and the score sheets", Laine said. 'But it's all a part of this process and he's not fazed by it.
"The 600 will be something he'll have forever, but I think he'll put a lot of pride if he can get 50 this year", Trotz said. "OK, it's over. You have to move forward", he told reporters. The only players who have scored 600 goals in less time are Wayne Gretzky (718 games), Mario Lemieux (719) and Brett Hull (900).
"I have confidence right now", Malkin said recently.
Ovechkin pumped his fist after his 600th goal and received a standing ovation from his home crowd.
Monday's game was the 990th game of Ovechkin's career.
"I just have to put the puck in and do my job", he said after reaching 40 goals on March 3, per Wyshynski. "It's amusing sometimes. I'm trying to do my best". I was there when he made history, so I can maybe watch that someday and show that I was there getting the minus on the ice'.
The Capitals secured the victory on Kuznetsov's breakaway with 49 seconds remaining in overtime. 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. While "The Great One" had much better numbers early in his career, he last hit 40 goals in his age 30 season and the 30-goal mark in his age 33 season.
Playing on the same team as Sidney Crosby could leave Malkin as underappreciated at times, but he's playing some of the best hockey of his career right now.
NOTES: Capitals G Philipp Grubauer stopped 26 shots in his third consecutive start over No. 1 goaltender Braden Holtby, who is 1-5-2 with a 4.83 goals-against average and.854 save percentage in his past eight games.
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