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Alex Ovechkin's milestone honored by Capitals

Left wing gets ceremony prior to game vs. Kings for reaching 1,000 NHL points

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

Ovechkin honored for 1,000 points

LAK@WSH: Ovechkin honored for his 1,000th NHL point

Prior to the start of their game against the Kings, the Capitals honor Alex Ovechkin for reaching the 1,000-point plateau

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WASHINGTON -- The Washington Capitals honored left wing Alex Ovechkin for reaching 1,000 NHL points with a ceremony prior to their game against the Los Angeles Kings at Verizon Center on Sunday.

Ovechkin got his 1,000th point on a goal 35 seconds into a 5-2 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Jan. 11.

The 31-year-old was joined on the ice for the ceremony by his parents, Mikhail and Tatyana, his brother, Mikhail, and wife, Nastya Shubskaya. After a video of Ovechkin's teammates offering individual congratulations played on the center ice scoreboard, Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and team president Dick Patrick presented him with a gold stick engraved with his career achievements and NHL senior vice president Jim Gregory gave him a Tiffany crystal.

Ovechkin reached the milestone in his 880th NHL game, making him the second-fastest active player to 1,000 points behind Jaromir Jagr (763 games) and the 24th-fastest player to the mark in NHL history. He was the 84th player overall and fourth Russia-born player (Sergei Fedorov, Alexander Mogilny and Alexei Kovalev) to get to 1,000 points. He was the first to do it all with the Capitals.

In addition, Ovechkin's 545 career goals were the second most through a player's first 1,000 points in League history behind Brett Hull's 560.

He has continued to add to his totals since Jan. 11. He entered the game Sunday with 550 goals, 463 assists for 1,013 points in 891 games.

As part of the 1,000-point celebration, those in attendance Sunday received a large cutout of Ovechkin's face on a stick. On the back of the cutout was a Snapchat Snapcode that permitted fans to unlock a commemorative geo-filter on their smartphones that transformed their photos into a grinning Ovechkin.

The Snapcode was also available on the Capitals' social media accounts.

Tweet from @smel18: Congrats Ovi! 1000 pts.. so impressed by you every game! #Ovech1kin #CapsKings and this geo filter ���� thx @Capitals that gap tho�� pic.twitter.com/1QW2O0rUmU

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