Capitals' Ovechkin scores 1,000th career point in win over Penguins

Sam Werner, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on

Published in Hockey

WASHINGTON -- The Penguins have had some memorable moments in their recent history at the expense of Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals.

Wednesday night, he got one back on them.

Ovechkin scored his 1,000th career point -- and didn't stop there -- on a goal 35 seconds into the game as the Capitals cruised to a 5-2 victory over the Penguins.

Ovechkin said before the game he didn't care which team he got his 1,000th career point against. He just wanted to get the milestone over with and move on.

He certainly didn't take long.

The goal came with Ovechkin on a 2-on-1 with longtime teammate Nicklas Backstrom. Ovechkin slid past Penguins' defenseman Kris Letang and fired a shot from the low slot that beat Marc-Andre Fleury's glove and sent the Verizon Center into a state of pandemonium.

There was the initial standing ovation, which elicited a wave and a nod from Ovechkin on the bench. Then there was the goal announcement, which brought the fans to their feet once again. Finally, there was the montage of career highlights, which brought another round of cheers and another wave from Ovechkin.

Ovechkin became the 84th NHL player to reach the 1,000-point plateau, and the 34th to do it all with one team.

Ovechkin has the second-most career goals of any 1,000-point scorer (546) and is the 24th-fastest player to reach the milestone in league history.

He didn't linger on 1,000 very long, though, netting point No. 1,001 on a power-play goal in the second period from a familiar spot on the left faceoff circle.


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