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Putting Alex Ovechkin's 1,000th point in historical perspective

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Alex Ovechkin earned his 1,000th career point on Wednesday with a goal just 35 seconds into the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

So what does that mean? OK, 1,000 is a nice, round number, but didn't Wayne Gretzky get 2,857 points?

Here are some numbers to help you wrap your head around what this accomplishment means:

  • Ovechkin is now one of 84 players in NHL history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. Eighty-four sounds like a lot, but it's not when you consider the NHL is celebrating its centennial this season.
  • Wednesday's game was the 880th of Ovechkin's career. There are currently just six active players with more points than Ovechkin and he was able to reach 1,000 points faster than all but one of them. Only Jaromir Jagr reached that mark faster as his came in just 763 career games. Overall, Ovechkin is the 24th fastest player to 1,000.
  • Ovechkin's 545 career goals are the second-most for a player's first 1,000 points ever, behind only Brett Hull's 560.
  • Ovechkin is just one of 37 players to reach 1,000 points with one franchise.

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In addition to 1,000 points, Ovechkin's goal was the 545th of his career.

That pulls him ahead of Maurice "Rocket" Richard for 29th all-time in NHL goals. That means Ovechkin now has more goals than the player for which the NHL season goal-scoring title is named after.

Oh, and by the way, Ovechkin is just 31 years old. There are plenty more milestones to come before he hangs up the skates.