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

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

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.

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The Caps aren't leading the Metro Division for the first time since Oct. 19

The Caps aren't leading the Metro Division for the first time since Oct. 19

For the first time since Oct. 19, the Capitals do not sit in first place of the Metropolitan Division. The Pittsburgh Penguins jumped Washington with a 5-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday ending a streak of 122 days in which the Caps sat atop the division.

Pittsburgh won despite Evgeni Malkin missing the game due to illness. It was a fitting way to take first place given how the Penguins have overcome a number of significant injuries this season. Anthony Angelo played in Malkin’s place and scored his first NHL goal. Jason Zucker also scored his third goal in just his fourth game with the Penguins after getting acquired by Pittsburgh in a trade.

Pittsburgh has now won six of its last eight with its only two losses coming against the red-hot Tampa Bay Lightning.

By contract, the Caps have lost four of their last five. Since Dec. 23, no team in the Metropolitan Division has earned fewer points than Washington which has gone 11-11-0 during the stretch, allowing Pittsburgh to close the gap in the standings.

The Caps and Penguins appear to be two teams headed in different directions. The good news for Washington is that it is February and there is still time for them to rally. With three games left to be played between the Caps and Pittsburgh this season, Washington will have ample opportunity to reclaim supremacy of the division. For now, however, the Penguins certainly look like the team to beat within the Metro.

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Trade acquisition Brenden Dillon ‘couldn’t be happier’ to be joining Capitals

Trade acquisition Brenden Dillon ‘couldn’t be happier’ to be joining Capitals

The Capitals made their first significant trade of the season on Tuesday, acquiring defenseman Brenden Dillon from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a 2020 second-round pick and a conditional 2021 third.

Dillon, who’s spent the last six seasons with the Sharks, was emotional Monday night when asked for his thoughts on potentially playing his last game with San Jose. He choked up during his answer and had to walk away from the media scrum to collect himself.

The mood was a bit different Tuesday when Dillon found out he’d be heading to D.C. to play with the Metropolitan Division-leading Capitals.

“I’m really excited,” Dillon said. “I can’t wait to get out there. I mean obviously the opportunity, the team, the group, what an opportunity.”

The Capitals have been widely rumored to be seeking a defenseman to bolster their blue line and Dillon was an attractive piece as Washington didn’t have to part with a first-round pick in order to get him. After losing six of their last nine games, the Capitals are looking for a spark—and Dillon can’t wait to help get them back on track.

“It’s been crazy, it really has,” Dillon said. “I think just mentally, guys can say, ‘You don’t read this or don’t read that.’ But it wears on you for sure and I’ve just kinda tried to bring the lunch pail to work every day and do my job. But definitely couldn’t be happier to get going.”

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