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After the Horn: Ovi’s 500, Love for Laing and more

After the Horn: Ovi’s 500, Love for Laing and more
Samantha Abate
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The best reactions to Ovechkin’s 500th goal, widespread support for injured hockey player Denna Laing and more from the hockey world on social media this week.

Ovechkin’s 500th goal

Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals celebrates his 500th career NHL goal in the second period with teammates Andre Burakovsky #65 and Jason Chimera #25 against the Ottawa Senators at the Verizon Center on January 10, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals celebrates his 500th career NHL goal in the second period with teammates Andre Burakovsky #65 and Jason Chimera #25 against the Ottawa Senators at the Verizon Center on January 10, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

As if you weren’t already convinced, Alexander Ovechkin netted his 500th career goal on Sunday to solidify himself as an all-time great. Aside from having scored the most goals by any Russian-born hockey player, no one has scored more goals than Ovechkin since the 2005 lockout, reaching 50+ goal seasons six times in just over ten years; and- barring anything crazy, is on-pace for his seventh this season with 26 goals in just 41 games played.

No matter who you are or what city you’re from, if you’re a fan of hockey, you have to give it up for The Great 8 on this monumental moment in his career. The support was real all across social media, so lets take a look at some of the best reactions from teammates, family, and even some other NHL legends:

Teammate and buddy Brooks Laich shows his love and support on Instagram.

Special congrats to my long time teammate and friend, the great @aleksandrovechkinofficial on milestone goal #500!!

A photo posted by Brooks Laich (@brookslaich) on

 

This pictures worth at least 500 words, right Tom Wilson? Hockey hugs!

500

A photo posted by Tom Wilson (@tom_wilso) on

 

Retired Anaheim Duck and NHL legend Teemu Selanne, who had his number 8 retired by his former team, gives respect to The (other) Great 8.

 

Nothing beats the reaction, however, from the two people who undoubtedly molded Ovechkin into the skillful scoring machine he is today. First, proud mamma tears:

Now take it away, Dad!

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