It’s a great achievement, especially in this day and age as scoring is down and way down compared to the 1970’s, 80’s and the early 90’s.
Alex Ovechkin became the 84th NHLer to hit the 1,000 career point mark when he found the back of the net against the Pittsburgh Penguins Wednesday.
The goal also enabled him to surpass the great Rocket Richard into 28th spot in goals as he scored his 545th and 546th goals of his career.
There are only seven active NHLers who have hit the magical mark of 1,000 points including Jaromir Jagr, Joe Thornton, Jarome Iginla, Marian Hossa, Patrick Marleau and Patrik Elias as well as Ovechkin.
Elias is still considered active as he has not retired and we could see him back in the NHL in the near future if he is healthy enough.
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FLORIDA 2 NEW YORK ISLANDERS 1
It was the 449th win of the veteran’s career and he is just five in arrears of Joseph.
It was Luongo’s second win in a row as he has given up only one goal in 58 shots this week. He is 13-10-5 with a 2.34 GAA and a .923 save percentage.
Keith Yandle scored his third of the season to open the scoring in the first. All three goals were scored by defensemen as Nick Leddy tied it up later in the opening stanza with his sixth. Casey Cizikas and Cal Clutterbuck drew the assists.
Jason Demers scored his career high eighth of the season 1:09 into the second and that was all the scoring there was going to be.
Thomas Greiss made 22 saves in the Islanders cage and saw his record drop to 9-6-2 with a 2.29 GAA and a .927 save percentage.
There was only one power play in the game and that was by the Panthers who failed to beat Greiss.
Cizikas led both teams with seven shots on goal and five hits.
MONTREAL 7 WINNIPEG 4
It was a wild one in Winnipeg as the Canadiens and the Jets combined for 11 goals on only 57 shots as Montreal prevailed 7-4.
Connor Hellebuyck started and gave up three goals on seven shots before being pulled at the 14:01 mark of the first. Hellebuyck had a 28 save shutout Monday against Calgary but was unable to get it going Wednesday.
Michael Hutchinson took over and gave up four goals on 23 shots to take the loss. He is 4-8-2 with a 3.30 GAA and a .890 save percentage. Hutchinson’s numbers better improve or he is not long for the NHL.
Al Montoya started and finished for the Habs as he gave up four in only 27 shots but he still got the win. Montoya is 6-4-2 with a 2.86 GAA and a .907 save percentage.
Now let’s get to the scoring and there was plenty of that.
Tomas Plekanec, Brian Flynn and Sven Andrighetto with his first of the season also scored for Montreal while Mark Scheifele scored twice including a power play goal for Winnipeg. Mathieu Perreault and Bryan Little also scored but it was too little, too late for the Jets.
Max Pacioretty had seven shots on goal but the Canadiens top offensive player managed only an assist in the win.
WASHINGTON 5 PITTSBURGH 2
As mentioned earlier, it was Alex Ovechkin’s big night, but there were other big performances in the Capitals 5-2 win over Pittsburgh.
Nicklas Backstrom scored once and added three assists in the win as he has upped his points total to 38, including 11 goals.
But the hero of the night was Ovechkin as he scored a couple including one on the power play. He is up to 21 goals and trails Sidney Crosby by only five. Just a few weeks ago he was 11 behind the Pittsburgh captain but he has closed the gap in a hurry.
Justin Williams with his 12th and Lars Eller into the empty net for his fourth of the season, also scored for Washington, while Evgeni Malkin and Patric Hornqvist, both on the power play, replied for the Penguins.
Braden Holtby won his fourth straight and is 20-8-6 with a 1.90 GAA and a .932 save percentage as he continues to be one of the top goalies in the NHL.
Marc-Andre Fleury saw his record drop to 13-7-4. His peripherals are terrible as he has 3.15 GAA and a .906 save percentage. That is not going to get him a lot of takers in fantasy pools that use more than just the win category.
John Carlson continues his hot ways as he assisted on two goals and had five shots on goal with four blocked shots. He has four goals and 11 assists in 19 games since December 3. He got off to a slow start with a goal and nine points in his first 22 games.
CALGARY 3 SAN JOSE 2
Dougie Hamilton’s seventh of the season with 2:19 left in the third was the winner as the Flames knocked off the San Jose Sharks 3-2.
Tkachuk scored once and added an assist as he started off a new scoring streak after his nine gamer ended on Monday.
Frolik also scored while Backlund chipped in with a pair of assists as each member of the line was a plus-two.
Chad Johnson was strong in net as he stopped 25 shots and stoned Mikkel Boedker twice late in the game, once on a penalty shot and then in the dying seconds as Boedker had a shorthanded breakaway but could not beat Johnson.
Johnson is 15-9-1 with a 2.26 GAA and a .923 save percentage.
Aaron Dell got a rare start for San Jose and he also made 25 saves but came up one short. He is 4-2 with a 1.96 GAA and a .929 save percentage.
It was another solid effort for Boedker as he picked up an assist for his fifth point in his last three games since he was a healthy scratch last week. The benching really seems to have woken up Boedker as he had only eight points in 38 games before that.
Joe Thornton continued his goal scoring slump as he has gone all season (42 games) without scoring against a goaltender. He has two goals but both were into the empty net.