Alex Ovechkin scores 1,000th NHL point
Capitals forward goes past milestone with two goals against PenguinsNHL.com @NHLdotcom
Alex Ovechkin scored the 1,000th point of his NHL career Wednesday with a goal for the Washington Capitals against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Ovechkin scored 35 seconds into the first period of a 5-2 win at Verizon Center.
The Capitals captain has 21 goals and 14 assists in 41 games this season and has played 880 NHL games. He is the 84th player to score 1,000 NHL points, the 37th to do so with one franchise.
"I kind of [thought] about it before the game: Everybody's here and it will be nice to get [my] 1,000th point at home," Ovechkin said. "Pretty excited that it happened. It's a big moment for [the] organization, for myself and the fans."
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Ovechkin got point 1,001 with a power-play goal 8:06 into the second period.
"Every night he plays hard, so nothing new," Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom said. "He wants to score goals and he wants to help the team as much as he can. It wasn't really any surprises there, but the only thing that was a little surprising was maybe 35 seconds. That's all it took. But that's typical [of] a guy like him though."
Ovechkin, 31, who scored his 500th NHL goal last season (Jan. 10, 2016), has 546 goals and 455 assists in 12 NHL seasons and is the Capitals all-time leader in goals and points. The left wing also has the most NHL goals among Russia-born players, and passed Maurice Richard for 29th place in NHL history.
Ovechkin, the No. 1 pick by Washington in the 2004 NHL Draft, has led the League in goals six times and has scored at least 50 seven times. He won the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP for the 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2013-14 seasons.
He won the Calder Trophy as NHL Rookie of the Year in 2005-06 when he had 52 goals and 106 points in 81 games, and the Art Ross Trophy as the League's leading scorer in 2007-08 when he had an NHL career-high 65 goals and 112 points.
"When players play with a guy that you know is going to be in the Hall of Fame, I think they know those moments are pretty special, and he sacrificed a lot with this franchise, especially from Day One until now," Washington coach Barry Trotz said. "We're just trying to do it together, and Ovi's made a lot of sacrifices over the years, everything from carrying the burden of a franchise to now, I think, we have a good team and we spread the wealth a little bit. So his minutes maybe come down, but it's for the betterment of the team. So I think there's a real great growth, and the stuff that he's done not only in Washington but League-wide."
Ovechkin has had more than 100 points in four seasons, and has made the NHL First All-Star Team seven times and the NHL Second All-Star Team four times.
"It's pretty impressive," Backstrom said. "All the credit to him. He's an unreal player and he's been fun to watch."