In a season full of historic accomplishments, Alex Ovechkin had another in Boston on Saturday. The 28-year-old Washington Capitals captain became the 148th player in NHL history to score 800 career points.
Ovechkin, who was five points away of the milestone after the Olympic break, needed only four periods and change to reach the mark.
Ovechkin debuted for the Capitals on October 5, 2005, and is playing in his 658th NHL game.
Point number 800 was a beautiful, unstoppable one-time power play goal. Tuuka Rask never had a chance.
After the Capitals brought the puck in on a rush, Marcus Johansson laid a soft pass right into Ovechin’s wheelhouse. He blasted the shot past Rask’s glove. The puck came out of the net as fast as it entered.
Ovechkin kissed his glove and dropped to one knee, pumping his fist. He shared some special words with Johansson.
The goal was Ovechkin’s 43rd of the season. Number 42 came earlier in the first period, another power play goal, one-timed into the net from The Ovi Spot.
Ovechkin has scored one quarter of the team’s tallies this season. He also now leads the league in goals by double digits. He leads Phil Kessel by 11.
What a season.