Several Washington Capitals players have achieved career milestones during the first ten games of the 2018-19 season:
Alex Ovechkin Milestones
Alex Ovechkin has moved up the ranks on several All-Time career lists.
- Passed Dino Ciccarelli (608) for 18th place on all-time NHL goals scored list on 10/4/2018 in road game against Pittsburgh
- Passed Bobby Hull (610) for 17th place on all-time NHL goals scored list on 10/10/2018 in home game against Vegas.
- Passed Bernie Federko (1,130) for 56th on all-time point list on 10/17/2018 in home game against New York Rangers
- Passed Marian Hossa and Patrick Marleau (1,134) for 54th on the NHL all-time point list on 10/22/2018 in road game against Vancouver
- Passed Dino Ciccarelli (232) for ninth on the NHL power-play goals list on 10/22/2018 in road game against Vancouver
- Passed Mark Messier (122) for 13th on the NHL multigoal games list on 10/22/2018 in road game against Vancouver
Nicklas Backstrom Milestones
- Recorded 800th career point on 10/3/2018 against Boston Bruins
- Recorded 600th career NHL/Capitals assist on 10/22/2018 in road game against Vancouver
- Backstrom is just the third player in franchise history to record 800 career points in a Capitals sweater (Alex Ovechkin: 1,136; Peter Bondra: 825). Backstrom became the first member of the 2006 NHL draft class to hit the 800 career points mark
Other Player Milestones
- Jakub Vrana played in his 100th NHL/Capitals game on 10/17/2018 against the New York Rangers
- Matt Niskanen recorded his 300th career point on 10/10/2018 against Las Vegas
- Defenseman John Carlson‘s 14 points (goals) in the month of October set a franchise record for most points in the month of October by a defenseman (Larry Murphy: 12 points, 1986-87); and he became the 10th different defenseman in NHL history to do so, and the first since Jeff Brown in the 1993-1994 season, per NHL Stats.
Capitals Milestones within Reach
- Brooks Orpik – Eight games shy of 1,000 career games
- Alex Ovechkin – One power-play goals shy of passing Marcel Dionne (234) for eighth place on the NHL power-play goals list. Two multi-goal games shy of passing Steve Yzerman (124) for 12th place on the NHL multi-goal games list.
- Dmitry Orlov – Five assists shy of 100 career assists
- Devante Smith-Pelly – Five points shy of 100 NHL points
Ovechkin and Backstrom Continue to Break Records
Ovechkin Passes Messier in Career Goals
Backstrom Gets 600th Assist
Ovechkin Now 9th in Power Play Goals
Career Milestones Achieved on Opening Day
Milestones in Sight for 2018-19 Season
By Diane Doyle