Alex Ovechkin reaches 1,000 career point milestone

Alex Ovechkin reaches 1,000 career point milestone
  1. Alex Ovechkin reaches 1,000 career point milestone
    In just 880 games, Washington Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin reached 1,000 career points. With a goal 35 second into Wednesday night's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Ovechkin became the 84th player in the history of the NHL to reach the 1,000 point milestone. “It’s a real big number,” Ovechkin said…

In just 880 games, Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin reached 1,000 career points.

With a goal 35 second into Wednesday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Ovechkin became the 84th player in the history of the NHL to reach the 1,000 point milestone.

“It’s a real big number,” Ovechkin said Wednesday morning. “Obviously it’s nice to do it at home in front of fans and my family. It’s special.”

The point also marks the first time a Capitals player has reached 1,000 points within the franchise.

Ovechkin is the first player to reach the milestone since San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau accomplished the feat on Nov. 22, 2015, joining an elite class of NHL players. He is one of just six active players to reach the mark (Florida Panthers’ Jaromir Jagr, San Jose Sharks’ Joe Thornton, Colorado Avalanche’s Jarome Iginla, Chicago Blackhawks’ Marian Hossa and Marleau are the others). Of the active players to record 1,000 points, only Ovechkin and Marleau have accomplished it with the one team.

“It’s amazing,” forward T.J. Oshie said at the morning skate. “For a guy his age to put the points up consistently every year, or it seems that every year he reaches that 50 goal plateau, it’s amazing. It’s amazing what he’s been able to do night in and night out. I wasn’t here for a good majority of them, but I’m glad I’m here now for the milestone.”

Ovechkin also joins an upper class of Russian players. Only Alexei Kovalev (1,029), Alexander Mogilny (1,032) and Ovechkin’s former teammate Sergei Fedorov (1,179) have made it to 1,000 points. Ovechkin is proud to join the best his homeland had to offer in the NHL, especially his good friend in Fedorov.

“It’s a very legendary club,” Ovechkin said. “I got lucky to play with Fedorov for a couple of years, and get to know him as a person. It’ll be nice to be in the same company.”

With the goal, Ovechkin also passed Maurice “Rocket” Richard on the all-time goals list, ranking 29th in the respective category with 545 goals. Ovechkin has won the Rocket Richard Trophy, named after the aforementioned scorer, six times in his career,…

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