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Ovechkin ties Richard, Capitals beat Canadiens 4-1

Alex Ovechkin knows Maurice "Rocket" Richard's name, mainly from the six times he won the trophy named after the Montreal Canadiens' great as the top NHL goal-scorer of the year.

The name came up again Monday night when the Washington star scored career goal 544, tying Richard's total late in the Capitals' 4-1 victory over the Canadiens.

"It's nice to be in history, it's nice to be tied with the legend," Ovechkin said. "Still, I have lots of years to go and I'm going to try to do my best."

Richard retired in 1960 as the league's all-time goals leader and his total ranks only 29th now, but the 31-year-old Ovechkin looks like he has...