Ovechkin achieved the marker against the Pittsburgh Penguins, scoring 35 seconds into the first period at the Verizon Center.
The Russian forward not only became the first Washington Capital to carve out 1,000 points, he became the 24th fastest player in NHL history to knock down the mark. It took him 880 career games to do so, 58 fewer than Gordie Howe.
Among active NHLers, only Jaromir Jagr has been faster to reach the total. He managed 1,000 points in 763 games.
Ovechkin is the 84th player in league history to reach 1,000 points and just the 37th player to do so with a single team. It’s also worth noting that he’s scored more goals than assists in his career thus far. Only eight players in the 1,000-point club have done that.
“It’s a big number,” Ovechkin said ahead of Wednesday’s contest against Pittsburgh. “It’s nice to get it at home in front of fans, my family, and it’s a big moment. It doesn’t matter which team we’re going to play or where you get those kind of milestones.”
Yesterday, we explored comparisons between Ovechkin and some of his peers. Sidney Crosby was obviously in the conversation, which makes it fitting that the Great Eight landed on 1,000 against the Penguins.
And it is exciting to note that Crosby is narrowing the gap on 1,000 points. He has 982 career points in 740 games, which suggests he could accomplish the feat in fewer games than Ovechkin but with fewer overall goals. Crosby has missed 202 career games due to injury, too.
That may solidify an argument for Crosby’s prolific point production, but it also speaks to Ovechkin’s durability.
Ovechkin has never missed more than 10 games in a season and has 139 games on Crosby, despite entering the league at roughly the same time in NHL history.
It seems all but likely that Ovechkin will knock down more records and carve his name into NHL history, with the 1,000 point plateau the latest domino to fall. And with Crosby hot on his heels, these two remarkable players promise to make things interesting for years to come.