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VIDEO: Ovechkin becomes highest-scoring Russian-born player

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The wait is over.

Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin is now the highest-scoring Russian-born player in NHL history after notching his 484th career goal to move him past Sergei Fedorov.

The goal came in the third period Thursday night off a pretty give-and-go with Nicklas Backstrom to tie the game against the Dallas Stars at 2-2.


After tying Federov against the Toronto Maple Leafs back on Nov. 7, Ovechkin went four scoreless games before hitting the milestone.

"Sooner or later I knew it was going to go," Ovechkin said. "Of course you get a little frustrated when you have good chances go, especially in the second (period) when I hit the post … I think it was an important goal for us - put us back in the game - but I think we deserved more today, at least a point."

The goal was extra special for the Capitals captain as many members of his family were in attendance to see him make history.

"Obviously it was loud," Ovechkin said. "They cheered for me since day one so it was a great moment. (My dad is) always there. My mom (was) there, my brother, my fiancé and her parents, so that was a special moment for me.”

The goal comes nearly seven years after the last time the Capitals defeated the Stars, a game that saw Fedorov score his 483rd goal to become the highest-scoring Russian at the time.

Ovechkin's next big milestone should also come this season as he's now just 16 goals away from the 500 mark.

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