Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner became the first player in franchise history to play in 500-consecutive games, Friday night against Chicago. He also became the third defenseman since 1944 to do so.
And on a night where Braden Holtby and Jay Beagle starred in a 6-0 thrashing of the Blackhawks, it was Alzner, despite having only one shot on goal in 19:59 of ice time, who was the team’s first star.
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.
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.
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.
On the first shift, with the first shot, in the first minute of his first game since point 999, Alex Ovechkin scored his 1,000th career point. He’s always had a flair for the dramatic, which is exactly the point of the team’s excellent tribute video.
Grab some Milk Duds and a 60-ounce Cherry Coke and get ready to get inspired.
Monday night in Montreal, Alex Ovechkin hit a historic milestone when he scored the 544th goal of his career. The tally tied Ovi with Maurice “Rocket” Richard, whom the league’s goalscoring trophy is named after.
Wednesday at Verizon Center, MOAR HISTORY HAPPENED. Our dearest Russian machine tallied point number 1,000, and he did so in front of his family, fans, and a national audience on TV. Ovechkin scored just 35 seconds into the game to become the 29th greatest goalscorer in NHL history.
Here’s how it happened.
Nicklas Backstrom is without a doubt the best passer in franchise history. Yet it seems surprising that the unassuming Caps center is the third fastest active player (Sidney Crosby and Jaromir Jagr) and the second fastest Swede (Peter Forsberg) to 500 assists. With Backstrom reaching the threshold Saturday night, I took a closer look at all of Nicky’s milestone assists.
Let’s begin with his first.
There’s something about Montreal that brings the best out of Alex Ovechkin. Monday night, Ovechkin had another big night at Bell Center, tallying three points and bringing his career point total to 999.
Ovechkin also scored his 544th career goal, tying Maurice Richard for 29th all time.
After the game, Ovechkin posed with the milestone puck.
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