Penguins' Sidney Crosby wants Capitals' Alex Ovechkin to set NHL goals record
Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin. Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Penguins' Sidney Crosby wants Capitals' Alex Ovechkin to set NHL goals record

Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin put pen to paper on a five-year, $47.5 million contract in July that he hopes will allow him to ultimately notch his 895th career NHL goal and surpass living legend Wayne Gretzky (894) as the league's all-time leading scorer. 

Ovechkin's main on-the-ice rival is rooting for him to make history. 

Per Greg Wyshynski of ESPN, Pittsburgh Penguins captain and future Hall of Famer Sidney Crosby said during Thursday's NHL players media tour he's cheering for Ovechkin, who currently has 730 goals, to finish his career atop that category in the record books. 

"I hope he does. I told him today that I hope he does," Crosby admitted. "It would be awesome. He's in range." 

"Yeah, obviously, but I try to not think about it," Ovechkin added about pursuing Gretzky's mark, according to Tom Gulitti of the NHL's website. "I try to go out there and play and try to do my best." 

Ovechkin turns 36 on Friday, so averaging over 30 goals across what could be his final five seasons will be no easy task even for such a prolific scorer. It's unclear if he'll play beyond his current contract if he hasn't reached 895 career goals by the time the deal expires. 

Zac Wassink is a football and futbol aficionado who is a PFWA member and is probably yelling about Tottenham Hotspur at the moment. Erik Lamela and Eli Manning apologist. Chanted for Matt Harvey to start the ninth inning of Game 5 of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field. Whoops. You can find him on Twitter at @ZacWassink

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