August 14, 2022

CAPS: Congrats to Ovechkin and Laich on 500th NHL Game

Saturday night, December 3, 2011, both Alex Ovechkin and Brooks Laich played their 500th NHL game at the Verizon Center when the Washington Capitals hosted the Ottawa Senators.

Alex Ovechkin had a first assist on Troy Brouwer’s goal, the Caps second goal of the night.

Brooks Laich scored the winning goal, only twelve seconds into overtime. Laich was drafted by Ottawa and played his first NHL game, and only game, for the Senators. It seemed fitting that Brooks would not only play his 500th game against the team that game him his first chance, but also to score the winning goal.

Caps fans “Laiched” the  3-2 victory over the Senators, which also marked the first win for new Caps Head Coach Dale Hunter.

Congrats to both players from District Sports Page on the milestone game.

500th NHL Game for both Alex Ovechkin and Brooks Laich (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Brooks Laich scores the game winning overtime goal in his 500th NHL game and is about to be congratulated by John Carlson (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Caps365 Video of Game Winning Goal by Laich:

Caps365 Video – Short Tribute to Ovi and Brooksy:

About Cheryl Nichols

Cheryl Nichols is a Columnist and Photographer for District Sports Page. She is credentialed to cover the Washington Capitals and has reported on the community service and fan events since 2006. Cheryl has been published in The Washington Post and many other local media. She was a credentialed photographer for the 2010 season covering the Washington Nationals. You can follow her on Twitter @cnichols14.

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