Ageless wonder Alex Ovechkin knocking on Brett Hull's door


Tell us if you've heard this one before: Alex Ovechkin is leading the NHL in goals scored.

Ovechkin, who turned 36 in September, currently leads the league with 10 goals after 10 games. He's also second in points (18), behind Edmonton's Leon Draisaitl (20) and Connor McDavid (19).

On Thursday, The Sports Junkies jokingly asked Ovechkin's teammate Lars Eller if Ovi can pick up the pace. Eller will be joining The Sports Junkies each Thursday during the season, driven by Dulles Motorcars.

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"Hey Lars, can you tell Ovi to kind of pick it up? Kind of a slow October for him," said Junkies host John-Paul Flaim. "Can you tell him to pick up the pace a little bit?

"Ah, I've gotta say, it's impressive how he's still able to do it and perform at such a high level," Eller replied. "It just seems like he's not getting older."

"I mean he looks older, but he doesn't play older," Eric Bickel ribbed. "It's amazing."

"He looks wayyy older," chimed Flaim.

Ovi opened the season by tying and then surpassing Marcel Dionne, one of the all-time greats, for sole possession of fifth place on the all-time goals list, scoring two goals against the Rangers on Oct. 13. With 740 career goals, Now he's just one goal away from tying Brett Hull (741) for fourth all-time.

"And he had that injury in the last preseason game," Eller noted. "I probably wasn't really sure, maybe he wasn't 100 percent to come out, and then he goes out and scores two goals in the first game."

"The guy's ageless," Bickel said. "He's unbelievable."

In adding another goal Thursday night against Florida's Spencer Knight, Ovechkin has now scored on 150 different goaltenders in his career. For some historical context, 6,598 different skaters in NHL history have scored 150 goals or fewer in their respective careers, according to Caps PR.

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