"When I played here, it's amusing, you always want to get the puck on his stick", said Hendricks, who was in the penalty box for Ovechkin's first goal. Evgeny Kuznetsov scored the OT victor.
Everyone around Alex Ovechkin had a hunch this was his night.
Ovechkin scored twice in another historic performance and Evgeny Kuznetsov had the overtime victor as the Capitals returned to first place by beating the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 on Monday night.
Ovechkin netted the historic score Monday at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. The Capitals and Jets were tied 1-1 with 16:17 remaining in the second period when the sequence began.
Ovechkin, the league leader in goals (42), scored twice during the game. "I can tell my grandkids, my kids, I played with Ovechkin".
"That's huge. When you look at those numbers, you don't even think it's 599, 600", Kuznetsov said. "I knew if I'm gonna have another one, I'm gonna score". Ovechkin is on pace for his highest point total since the 2009-10 season. He has roughly a fifth of Washington's goals this season and needed to be on his game against Patrik Laine and Winnipeg. Nikolaj Ehlers also scored a 4-on-4 goal for Winnipeg, which got 40 saves from Connor Hellebuyck. "It's on us if we don't get him the puck". "But it's all a part of this process and he's not fazed by it". "Forty is nice, but 50 is better".
His wife, Nastya, had flown back from Moscow just in time.
Capitals star Alexander Ovechkin nets 600th career National Hockey League goal
Though Laine wasn't thrilled to see Ovechkin score a pair against his team, he said afterwards it was still a sight to behold as his childhood idol made history right in front of his eyes.
"I was pretty close watching it", Laine said of Ovechkin's goal 3:53 into the second period.
"I was just screaming at him", Tom Wilson said of the celebration. "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.
"That's pretty incredible to reach that", Laine said Monday morning. "Right now, I'm going to enjoy the time... but tomorrow's a new day, back to work". Ds Christian Djoos and Madison Bowey and Fs Alex Chiasson and Travis Boyd were healthy scratches for Washington.
"When he came in (he was) a hitter nearly - a shooter and a hitter", Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said.
Jets: Visit the Central Division-leading Nashville Predators on Tuesday night. "I feel like it's a new accomplishment, a new milestone every day, every week".