On January 7th, Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom recorded his 500th NHL assist vs. the Ottawa Senators. This Sunday, January 15th, prior to the game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Backstrom will be honored by the Caps organization for reaching that milestone. Only 139 players in NHL history have reached the 500-assist mark.
According to the team, he will be receiving a special gift as part of the ceremony. Backstrom is the first Capitals player to ever tally 500 assists. He currently ranks first all-time in the organization in assists, as well as third in the NHL in assists since he entered the league in 2007.
In 2005, the Capitals made six-foot, seven-inch Joe Finley their first-round pick. After getting arrested for throwing a kitchen table and lawnmower into a North Dakota street, Finley never caught on with the Capitals and only played 21 NHL games with the Buffalo Sabres and New York Islanders.
Friday, Finley — now playing for Liiga’s HIFK (Idrottsföreningen Kamraterna, Helsingfors) — destroyed more earthly objects, this time focusing his rage on 34-year-old forward Michel Miklík. Finley leveled the Finnish Elite League winger, forcing Miklík to be stretchered off the ice.
Warning: Please close down your computer and take shelter in your underground doomsday bunker if you are squeamish and do not like seeing blood.
Happy Friday night, sports ball fans. The Chicago Blackhawks are in DC to face the streaking, “ow don’t touch me or you’ll burn yourself” hot Washington Capitals, who are going for their eighth-straight victory. We’ll have not only one 1,000 NHL point scorer on the ice in Alex Ovechkin, but two, as Chicago’s Marian Hossa sits at a cool 1,114 points. The Blackhawks are a great hockey team — the cream of the crop in the Western Conference — so we should have a good one on our hands.
Puck drop is at 7 PM on CSN.
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The Washington Capitals’ Scarlet Caps group hosted their annual Hockey ‘N Heels event Thursday evening at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. Each rink at KCI was transformed into three stations: broomball, face-off practice, and goaltending lessons. Nate Schmidt and Daniel Winnik handled broomball on the Capitals Rink while Brett Connolly, Craig Laughlin and Craig’s daughter Courtney joined the games on the Arlington Rink. Philipp Grubauer, Mitch Korn, and Brent Johnson showed the Scarlet members the ways of a netminder. Hockey Hall of Famer Rod Langway and a few other volunteers acted as refs to drop the puck for face-offs.
After the on-ice sessions, the fans were treated to three different chats with Chef Robert Wood, Head Coach Barry Trotz (emceed by NBC4’s Amelia Draper), and alumni Johnson, Laughlin, and Langway.
Alex Ovechkin scored his 1,000th and 1,001st points Wednesday night against Pittsburgh. But lost in the madness of this historic achievement was an interview conducted by tiny journalist Aidan Kohn-Murphy. And the SI Kids contributor got a scoop.
While talking about collectibles, Ovechkin suddenly remembered something he was promised last year by the greatest hockey player of all time, Wayne Gretzky.
“At a dinner, he said he would give me a stick. But he never sent it to me,” a desperate Ovechkin said, before turning and addressing the camera. “Wayne, please send me a stick!”
Last week, the NHL released a fancy commercial promoting the 2017 NHL All-Star Game (which you probably saw 15 times during Caps-Penguins). Because this year’s edition of the game is being held in Los Angeles, California, the NHL went with a Hollywood theme and had several of its stars recite movie lines. Poorly.
Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby both make cameos, but the magic of their 2007 ASG ad is never quite achieved.
Wednesday night, Alex Ovechkin scored his 1,000th point in front of his hometown fans. Ovechkin’s wife Nastya was also in attendance as well as the Russian machine’s parents, Mikhail and Tatyana.
Unlike Ovechkin’s 500th goal celebration, Ovi’s family was not featured in NBCSN’s national telecast of the game. The Ovechkins did however talk to Sovetsky Sport’s Pavel Lysenkov.
“We just returned home from the game,” Mikhail Ovechkin said to Lysenkov as translated by Igor Kleyner. “Of course we are very happy. What a day! We are proud of our son. As a father, I am very pleased. Put it right on the front page of Sovetsky Sport. But now I want to pass the phone to Tatyana. Let her talk about Sasha, she is better at that than I am.”
“It’s a great day,” responded Tatyana Ovechkina. “This is real happiness. It took Sasha only 35 seconds to score his goal. He didn’t want anybody to wait for too long for this point. He had a chance, and he took it. A timely shot, he caught the goalie. Turned out to be a pretty goal.”
After scoring his 20th goal of the season last night, Alex Ovechkin became a distinguished member of the 1,000-point club. 84 players in NHL history have reached the 1,000-point plateau, but only four of them are Russian: Sergei Fedorov, Alexander Mogilny, Alex Kovalev, and now, the Russian machine.
One of those all-time greats, Sergei Fedorov, spoke with Sovetsky Sport’s Pavel Panyshev and had some very kind words for his former Caps teammate.
Last week, former Capitals forward Brooks Laich congratulated Nicklas Backstrom on his 500th career assist. Wednesday night, Laich had even kinder words for his former captain, Alex Ovechkin, after the Russian machine hit 1,000 points.
Alex Ovechkin has scored milestone goals in two straight games. Monday night in Montreal, Alex Ovechkin tied Maurice “Rocket” Richard with his 544th career goal and posed with the puck after the game. Wednesday at Verizon Center, Ovechkin passed Richard and recorded his 1,000th career point after scoring 35 seconds into the first period.
Afterwards, Ovechkin took a photo with the two players who joined him on the scoresheet for the goal, Nicklas Backstrom and TJ Oshie.
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