Andre Burakovsky on Thursday made his NHL debut for the Washington Capitals, in a night that went slightly better than his debut at the Virginia DMV.

The Caps lost in a shootout, but the 19-year-old Burakovsky recorded his first NHL goal, drawing some comparisons to Alex Ovechkin. Here’s how The Post’s Alex Prewitt described the goal:

A night that began with 18,506 fans at Verizon Center in full froth, celebrating the franchise’s 40th anniversary, reached peak levels when Burakovsky, 19, scored his first career goal less than seven minutes into the game.
Not since Alex Ovechkin in 2005 had a Capitals rookie scored in his NHL debut, but, without hesitation, the teenager fellow Swede Nicklas Backstrom recently dubbed “my baby boy” drilled a one-timer past goalie Dustin Tokarski off a defensive-zone turnover by the Canadiens. With his parents in attendance, Burakovsky darted toward the boards and leapt into the glass, mobbed by teammates on his way back down to earth.

As the hockey blog Russian Machine Never Breaks points out, Burakovsky’s glass-banging goal celebration — GIF’ed below by @myregularface — looked sort of familiar:

For comparison purposes, here’s Ovechkin: