Alexander Ovechkin finally cracked 1000 career points
Washington Capitals’ forward Alexander Ovechkin sat at 999 points after their 4-1 victory Monday against the Montreal Canadiens. He tied Maurice “Rocket” Richard in the goals category with his 19th of the season and 544th of his career. Over the course of his 12-year career, he has won the Rocket Richard trophy six times as the NHL’s leading goal scorer.
Wednesday night the Capitals took on Metropolitan division rivals the Pittsburgh Penguins. These games are always fun to watch as the Crosby vs Ovechkin battle has been hyped up every time since they each entered the league.
Capitals fans were even more anticipatory of this one, hoping to see the Great 8 score his 1000th point, and a goal to pass Maurice Richard into sole possession of 29th on the all-time NHL goals list. Washington held a six-game winning streak entering the night’s game, with Ovechkin helping out with 3 goals and 4 assists across those six victories.
Caps fans were anything but disappointed if they went to see history as a mere 35 seconds into the game, Ovechkin delivered. He received a pass from Nicklas Backstrom along the right wall, entered the zone and cut toward the net where he wristed it past Penguins’ goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury. His 545th goal and 1000th point came in less than a minute, he wanted to make sure no one went home disappointed this evening. Ovi wasn’t done yet, though, as he scored the next goal of the game in the second period as well.
A typical goal for the Russian superstar, from his patented top-of-the-circle powerplay spot he slapped one home to have the 546th goal and 1001st point of his career. He now sits at 21 goals on the season in 41 games, which slots him in tied for third in the league with rookies Patrik Laine and Auston Matthews. With himself and his teammates around him heating up as of late, you can bet Ovechkin will be taking another run at the Rocket Richard trophy by the end of the season.
He sits 5 goals behind league-leading Sidney Crosby in goals, whom he and his team defeated 5-2 Wednesday night. Nicklas Backstrom scored a goal and 3 assists for the Capitals, while teammate TJ Oshie also assisted on 3 goals. Crosby was held goalless but did add an assist on Patric Hornqvist’s power-play goal late in the third period. Braden Holtby continued his stellar play with 30 saves on 32 shots giving Washington the victory in this Wednesday night rivalry. Ovechkin and the Capitals will look to extend their winning streak to 8 games against Artemi Panarin and the Chicago Blackhawks Friday night in Washington D.C.