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.
Verizon Center went positively bananas when Alex Ovechkin recorded his 1,000th career point, but there were 20 individuals who did not join in the fun: the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Why, you might ask, did the Penguins not applaud, cheer, or even stick-tap their mortal foe in the moment of his triumph? The answer… … …may surprise you.
35 seconds into the first period, Alex Ovechkin scored his 1,000th career point in dramatic fashion. After skating the puck down the right wing, Ovechkin cut to the middle of the nice where he beat Marc-Andre Fleury clean with a snap shot.
While the goal was epic, Wes Johnson’s call of the historic tally might have been even more goosebumps inducing.
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