"Ah, that's not a milestone," Oates said in response to a question about Alex Ovechkin's new career total after the Capitals beat the Boston Bruins 4-2 at TD Garden on Saturday.
Oates, who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame with 1,420 career points, still knows that it's important for the Capitals' overall success to have Ovechkin pass every scoring pit stop as the season and the wing's career unfolds. Ovechkin reached 800 points with two power-play goals against the Bruins.
Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne had an easy night in his first rehab start, making 16 saves in the Milwaukee Admirals' 9-1 victory against the Iowa Wild in an American Hockey League game Friday.
Rinne played the entire game, the first time he had done so since Oct. 22 against the Minnesota Wild. He has played nine NHL games this season.
"I'm feeling really good," Rinne said, according to The Tennessean. "I'm happy I got to make a few good stops and play the full 60 minutes. I think that was the main goal, just get that game conditioning. It was quite an easy game for myself. I was telling some of the guys after the first period I was still tired even though I had just five shots."
You don't see many. The [Drew] Doughtys, the [P.K.] Subbans, those are guys that create offense from the back and then on top of that ability, the size that he has. In the West you play against some pretty big players, and being able to clear the crease and contain the [Ryan] Getzlafs and the [Corey] Perrys and [Anze] Kopitars and players like that, we're excited about him going back there.
— Sharks general manager Doug Wilson on Brent Burns returning back to defense