April 24, 2018

Ovechkin scores twice, surpasses 1,000 points in Caps 5-2 win over Pens

Alexander Ovechkin celebrates his 1,000th point, a goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night. Photo courtesy of the Washington Capitals.

The stage was fitting for Alexander Ovechkin to reach yet another milestone; playing against the Pittsburgh Penguins at home on national television.

Even better, he wasted little time doing it. Just 35 seconds into Wednesday night’s matinee, the veteran forward performed a fancy toe-drag and snapped a wrist shot past Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury for his 1,000th point, which triggered a boisterous reaction from the red sea.

Ovechkin went on to score again for his 1,001th point as the fans at Verizon Center, in its 338th consecutive sellout, were treated to a 5-2 win over rival Pittsburgh.

“I kind of think about it before the game, everybody’s here and it will be nice to get 1,000th point at home,” said Ovechkin, who had his wife, parents and brother in attendance. “Pretty excited that it happened. It’s a big moment for organization, for myself and the fans.”

Ovechkin became the 84th player in NHL history to reach the mark, the second fastest (880 games) to Jaromir Jagr, who did it in 763 games.

Penguins forward Sidney Crosby, however, has 983 points in 741 games, and could pass both soon.

Ovechkin was named the first star Wednesday with his two-goal outing. Nicklas Backstrom, who assisted on Ovechkin’s goal that gave him 1,000 points, was the second star, totaling four points (one goal and three assists) and Braden Holtby earned third star honors, producing 30 saves.

The Capitals (27-8-1) are now a league-best 22-3-3 when scoring first and will look for their eighth straight win when they play Chicago on Friday.

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Kyle McFadden is a graduate from Linganore High School's Class of 2014, a sports junkie and general news-hound. He got his start as a sports writer in January 2014 for Linganore's student-run newspaper The Lance, where he wrote 13 articles. McFadden then launched his own blog in October 2014 called The Beltway Dispatch covering collegiate, local high school and professional sports. Formally known as The Beltway Dispatch, McFadden and Evan Engelhard merged respective platforms in June 2015 to make what is now Maryland Sports Access. With baseball, basketball and golf experience, McFadden brings ample knowledge to the helm of MSA. McFadden covers a wide variety of sports in football, baseball, basketball, golf, hockey, lacrosse, soccer and specializes in the collegiate and high school levels. McFadden volunteers his time at Damascus Road Community Church -- serving as a mentor to the youth, basketball coach at the varsity and junior varsity levels, and leads a small group of high school sophomores every Wednesday night. Although he's only been around journalism since January 2014, he's a high school sports reporter for The Baltimore Sun and freelancer for The Frederick News-Post. McFadden's work has also appeared in DMV newspapers The Aegis, The Capital Gazette, The Daily Times (Delmarva Now), The Hometown Observer, Howard County Times, Germantown Pulse and The Towson Times. He's also won two Mike Powell Excellence in Journalism awards and has appeared on The Best of SNO, which showcases top student work of high school and college journalists. McFadden currently studies at Frederick Community College and plans to transfer to the University of Maryland in the fall of 2018 to work on a bachelor's degree in journalism with aspirations to be a national college basketball writer.
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