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Alex Ovechkin's 500th goal and what we learned last week in the NHL

Alex Ovechkin's 500th goal and what we learned last week in the NHL

What we learned from the past week of play in the NHL:

• The Washington Capitals' Alexander Ovechkin continues to produce in a tediously low-scoring era. He needed the fifth-fewest games to reach 500 goals, scoring his 500th and 501st Sunday in his 801st NHL game. Only Wayne Gretzky (575), Mario Lemieux (605), Mike Bossy (647) and Brett Hull (693) did it in fewer games. Since Ovechkin debuted in 2005-06 he has scored 184 more goals than the second-place scorer in that span, the San Jose Sharks' Patrick Marleau (317). Also, Ovechkin has more points than the Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby in that span, 934-884.

• Ovechkin's Capitals risked little in signing...

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