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Alex Ovechkin scores 1,000th career point 35 seconds into game vs. Penguins

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Alex Ovechkin’s point total has reached quadruple digits. 

The Capitals’ winger recorded his 1,000th point—on a beautiful goal—just 35 seconds into Wednesday’sgame against Sidney Crosby and the Penguins. 

The 31-year-old is now the 84th player to reach the plateau and just the fourth Russian-born player to achieve the feat, joining Sergei Fedorov (1,179), Alexander Mogilny (1,032) and Alexei Kovalev (1,029).

“It’s small but it’s [a] very legendary club,” Ovechkin said after the morning skate. “I get lucky to play with Fedorov for a couple years [in Washington] and I know him as a person. It’ll be nice to be with him, in the same company.”

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Ovechkin also became the 37th player to record all 1,000 points with the same franchise.

Ovechkin reached the milestone in a most fitting way. Nicklas Backstrom dished him the puck on the rush—and No. 8 took it from there, toe-dragging star defenseman Kris Letang and then ripping a shot past Marc-Andre Fleury, much to the delight of the capacity crowd at Verizon Center.

“It’s a real big number,” Ovechkin said earlier in the day. “Obviously it’s nice to get [the chance] at home, in front of fans, my family. It’s going to be a big moment.”