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A few weeks ago, Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin tied former Capitals teammate and NHL great Sergei Fedorov for the most points all-time by a Russian-born player at 1,179 in a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Just two weeks later, Ovechkin passed the Hockey Hall of Famer to take the record for himself.
Ovechkin recorded his 1,180th career point on an assist on T.J. Oshie’s first-period goal against the Vancouver Canucks, a night in which the team welcomed back longtime player Jay Beagle. The assist was Ovechkin’s 21st of the season and 536th of his career.
Fedorov recorded all 1,179 of his points in the NHL in 18 seasons and 1,248, recording many of his points during the 1990’s when scoring was arguably at its peak. The now 49-year old center played parts of two seasons with the Capitals, recording 46 points in 70 games played, and scoring one of the most memorable playoff goals in franchise history in Game 7 of the Capitals’ 2009 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals (first round) matchup against the New York Rangers. During his time in the District he served as a mentor to Ovechkin and former Capitals forward Alex Semin. Ovechkin, meanwhile, required just 1,055 games to take possession of the record in an era in which scoring and winning games is arguably harder than ever before.
The great @ovi8 with the puck from assist tonight that allowed him to pass his friend Sergei Fedorov for the most points among Russian born #NHL players. #Caps #ALLCAPS @NHL pic.twitter.com/dgpJgsVuRK
— 106.7 The Fan (@1067theFan) February 6, 2019
By Michael Fleetwood