Ovechkin hits 700-goal mark

Chicago Tribune (Sunday) - - SCOREBOARD -

With a pow­er­ful and prodi­gious shot, Alex Ovechkin now stands where few in the NHL have been.

He be­came the eight player to score 700 ca­reer goals, reach­ing the mile­stone in the third pe­riod of the Cap­i­tals’ 3-2 loss to the host Devils on Satur­day.

The 34-year-old Rus­sian for­ward one­timed a slap shot from the right cir­cle that went in off the left post 4:50 into the third pe­riod, ty­ing the game at 2-2. It was his 42nd goal of the sea­son, one be­hind the Bru­ins’ David Pas­tr­nak for the league lead, and came on his sec­ond shot on goal of the game.

“It’s a spe­cial mo­ment,” Ovechkin said. “When you get closer you start think­ing when it’s go­ing to hap­pen. Fi­nally, it’s over so we don’t have to talk about it any­more. We’re go­ing to move on.”

In a pinch: The Hur­ri­canes were forced to use an emer­gency goal­tender in a 6-3 vic­tory over the Maple Leafs af­ter both of their net­min­ders left with in­juries.

David Ayres, who works as a Zam­boni driver for the Toronto Mar­lies of the AHL, served as the emer­gency goalie.

The 42-year-old Ayres was forced into ac­tion in Mar­lies gear and a Hur­ri­canes jersey mid­way through the sec­ond pe­riod af­ter James Reimer and Petr Mrazek were in­jured. The Hur­ri­canes were lead­ing 3-1 when Ayres took over.

Ayres, from Whitby, On­tario, has backed up both the Mar­lies and the Char­lotte Check­ers of the AHL in the past.

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