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Alex Ovechkin passes Brett Hull for fourth place in career goals

Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin began his spectacular career against the Columbus Blue Jackets, scoring two goals in his NHL debut in October 2005.

More than 16 years later, he achieved another milestone against the Blue Jackets, firing a quick wrist shot past Joonas Korpisalo on Friday night for his 742nd career goal to pass Hall of Famer Brett Hull for sole possession of fourth place on the all-time list .

Ovechkin’s strike from the top of the right faceoff circle, after a nice backhand feed from countryman Evgeny Kuznetsov, tied the game 1-1 at 10:19 of the first period.

“It’s means a lot,” Ovechkin said of reaching fourth all-time after the Capitals’ 4-3 win. “When you start playing hockey, and you came to the NHL, you never thought you’d be in that position with those names. It’s a special moment for me, my parents, my brother, my wife, kids.”

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