That would be the 500th goal of Ovechkin’s career, and with the Capitals home for two games, Ovechkin is poised to reach the milestone in D.C.
“Hopefully, he gets a chance to do it at home in front of our fans and maybe his family and friends,” Backstrom said. “I think that would mean a lot for him. Hopefully we’ll get it done at home.
“Not to add pressure on him.”
After scoring his 497th goal against the New York Islanders on Thursday, Ovechkin got Nos. 498 and 499 against the Rangers on Saturday afternoon. In the first period, he swatted in a giveaway in front of the Rangers net, and then in overtime, Ovechkin skated the length of the ice, used a defenseman as a screen and scored the game-winner with a wrist shot.
“That was nice,” Backstrom said. “You don’t see maybe a highlight goal every game, but it’s moments like this he just shows up, and you can’t really do anything about it, I guess.”
Ovechkin has already reached one milestone at the Verizon Center this season. He scored his 484th career goal against Dallas in Washington, and that was the goal that made him the highest goal-scoring Russian. Capitals Coach Barry Trotz said he sensed Ovechkin was nervous as he chased down that record, but he doesn’t see that this time.
“Our fans, the people who have supported him for so, so long, they’ve seen a lot of his goals and a lot of his celebrations,” Trotz said. “It’d only be fitting if he could get it done at home.”
Ovechkin said he hasn’t thought about it yet, but he probably will before Sunday’s game. If he scores in the next two games, he’ll become the fifth-fastest player to reach 500 goals.
“I’m just going to take it game by game,” Ovechkin said. “If I score, I score. If not, still have plenty of games left. I’m still going to score one goal sooner or later.”