Ovechkin buries goal 602 to pass Kurri for 19th all-time

Alex Ovechkin scored his league-leading 44th goal in win against Stars (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Death, taxes & Alex Ovechkin ripping shelf-bound missiles from the left face-off dot past helpless goaltenders on a near-nightly basis.

Unless you find yourself boasting some strange fetish for submitting your income taxes in a timely and accurate manner, only one of these guarantees delivers true joy and satisfaction to our lives. Ovi once again notched a textbook tally on a Capitals powerplay during Tuesday night’s clash with the Dallas Stars, shooting him further up the all-time latter in the process.

The goal marked yet another milestone for Ovechkin, who’s 602nd career tally put him past Edmonton Oilers legend Jari Jurri for 19th on the NHL’s all-time goals list. His 44th marker of the season also put him past fellow net-destroyer Patrik Laine for the NHL scoring lead, at least for the time being.

With seemingly a ton of gas left in the tank at age 32, Ovechkin is now just six tallies away from securing the eighth 50-goal season of his career. Only two players in NHL history, Wayne Gretzky and Mike Bossy (9), have buried at least 50 goals in a campaign more than the Capitals sniper.

Scoring at a 0.63 goals-per-game rate over his last 19, Ovi has nine contests left in the regular season to hit that prestigious half-century mark.

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