Alex Ovechkin continues his march to the Hall of Fame. It’s yet another highlight in what has been an impressive career for the 31-year-old forward. Ovechkin scored just 35 seconds into the game, notching his 1,000th point and being the second fastest player to do so in just 880 games . The player to achieve it faster? Jaromir Jagr. Stephen Whyno writes that he’s the 84th player in NHL history to reach the 1000 point plateau.
Of course it would come against the Penguins, a team that has tortured Ovechkin throughout his career, especially in the playoffs. Not only did the momentous occasion come against a bitter rival, but it also happened on home ice for all of the Capitals’ fans to share in.
It wasn’t the only milestone celebrated in Washington, either. During a stoppage in play, Washington fans gave Nicklas Backstrom a standing ovation for recording his 500th assist against Ottawa last Saturday.