On Nov. 8, Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin scored his 483rd career goal, tying the record for most NHL goals scored by a Russian-born player. For a prolific scorer like Ovechkin, who reached Sergei Fedorov's mark in 476 fewer games than his countryman, netting that go-ahead to attain sole possession of the historic mark was thought to be no problem.

Four games later, he's still looking for it. And it's not for lack of effort.

Ovechkin has had two goals disallowed since No. 483. One came the same night against the Toronto Maple Leafs, when a coach's challenge for goalie interference in the third period erased his marker.

He tied his career high for shots on goal (15) against the Detroit Red Wings on Nov. 10, but in the next three tilts against the Flyers, Calgary Flames and Red Wings again, he managed 11 shots total, none of which were good for goal No. 484.

The Capitals have a five-game homestand coming up, giving Ovechkin plenty of opportunity to get the monkey off his back. A look at Washington's upcoming schedule: