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Dmitry Orlov

Ovechkin scores Nos. 500 and 501, Caps rout Senators

Alex Ovechkin reached a career milestone at a rapid pace and in signature fashion.

Ovechkin scored his 500th and 501st goals to become the 43rd NHL player to reach the mark and the Washington Capitals beat the Ottawa Senators 7-1 on Sunday night.

The landmark score was vintage Ovechkin. Posted up just beyond the left hashes during a power play, he fielded a feed from Jason Chimera and then whizzed a shot past the head of goalie Andrew Hammond just under the crossbar for a 5-1 lead.

The Washington bench cleared and teammates mobbed Ovechkin. He got an extended standing ovation and took a saluting skate around the rink, acknowledging the cheering crowd that included his...