/Alex Ovechkin Closes In on Mentor’s Record

Alex Ovechkin Closes In on Mentor’s Record


Alex Ovechkin jumping into the arms of his countryman Sergei Fedorov after scoring his third goal of the game for the Capitals in a playoff series against the Penguins in 2009.

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia — It is a season of milestones for Alex Ovechkin. He cracked the 900-point barrier against the Calgary Flames on Tuesday, and he needs only four more goals to achieve his next mark: becoming the leader in goals among Russian N.H.L. players.

But for that record, he will have to surpass his former teammate and longtime friend Sergei Fedorov.

“For Ovie to break his record, I’m sure if they could, they’d want to share it, but that’s not how it works,” said Nicklas Backstrom, who has often centered Ovechkin in Washington.

Ovechkin, a five-time winner of the Maurice Richard Trophy as the league’s top goal-scorer with the Capitals, has 480 career goals in 766 games. Fedorov left the N.H.L. in 2009 at age 39 with 483…

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