Ovechkin notches career goal No. 700
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Alex Ovechkin has entered rarefied air.

The Washington Capitals star netted career goal No. 700 against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday, becoming the eighth player in NHL history to reach the elite regular-season scoring mark.

Here's where Ovechkin ranks on the all-time list. The 34-year-old is now 194 goals shy of Wayne Gretzky's record.

Rank Player Goals
1 Wayne Gretzky 894
2 Gordie Howe 801
3 Jaromir Jagr 766
4 Brett Hull 741
5 Marcel Dionne 731
6 Phil Esposito 717
7 Mike Gartner 708
8 Alex Ovechkin 700

"It's pretty good company, I'm happy to be there," Ovechkin told reporters postgame.

"The Great One" took to social media on Sunday to congratulate the Capitals sniper.

Ovechkin netted the tally in his 1,144th career game, becoming the second-fastest player to reach the historic milestone, behind only Gretzky. He also became the second player to score 700 career goals with one team, joining Gordie Howe.

With 42 goals in 60 games this season, the Russian phenom is on pace to join Gretzky and Mike Bossy as the only players to register nine 50-plus-goal campaigns.

Since entering the league in 2005-06, the eight-time Rocket Richard Trophy winner has buried 437 even-strength goals, 259 power-play markers, and 110 game-winners, leading all players in each of those categories.

Ovechkin notches career goal No. 700
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