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First Star of the Week

Alex Ovechkin took ahead in his pursuit of hockey history last Friday night, He scored 801st and 802nd career goals to pass Gordie Howe for No. 2 on the NHL’s all-time list.

“It’s very emotional,” Ovechkin said. “My parents watched it from home. My wife is here, kids here, friends. Doing it with the home crowd, it’s special. They give me full support, and this is pretty big. It’s a historic moment. It’s nice to be in this category of players. It’s pretty cool.”

Alex Ovechkin recognizes the praise at Capital One Field after he scored his 802nd career goal on Friday.

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Anthony Mantha: “I think once he’s going to be number one, he can have a sense of relief. Until then, he’s on the hunt — and that’s what we love about him.”