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
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.
This pictures worth at least 500 words, right Tom Wilson? Hockey hugs!
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.
— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) January 11, 2016
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:
— NoVa Caps (@NoVa_Caps) January 11, 2016
Now take it away, Dad!
Mikhail Ovechkin is a proud father. (Alex's reaction: "YEAH DAD! WOO!") pic.twitter.com/aNWBhw7bYq
— Jeff Veillette (@JeffVeillette) January 11, 2016