Russian to Milestones: Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov Earn Career Milestones Against Sabres

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In the Washington Capitals’ 5-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Monday night, their two prominent Russian forwards, Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov, each reached significant career milestones. Ovechkin tied Brett Hull for fourth place in career goals and also reached the 600 assist threshold. Kuznetsov passed Dennis Maruk (431) for career points with the Capitals and also reached the 300 assist threshold. Kuznetsov now has 434 career points.

Ovechkin scored his 741st career goal at 8:55 in the second period, his 11th of the season, which tied him with Brett Hull for fourth place in career NHL goals. He needs 25 more goals to reach 766 goals, which would tie Jaromir Jagr for third in career goals.

Ovechkin also added two assists. The two assists put him at the 600 assist total, making him only the second player to reach that milestone for the franchise. The first player to do so was center, Nicklas Backstrom.

As an added bonus, his three assists allowed him to tie and then pass Alex Kovelev for most assists for a Russian born player in the NHL. He is also the ninth active player to reach the 600 assist mark.

Evgeny Kuznetsov had a milestone night, too. He had three assists, his first on the Alex Ovechkin goal which allowed him to move past Dennis Maruk into sole possession of 11th place in career points for the Capitals franchise.

Kuznetsov added two more assists, one on Tom Wilson’s second goal of the game, which put that Caps ahead 4-2 and the other on John Carlson’s goal which put the Caps ahead 5-2. The three assists allowed him to reach the 300 assist threshold and become the 12th player in franchise history to reach that threshold.

At the end of the night, Ovechkin has 11 goals and 10 assists for the season for 21 points overall. His ranks first in goals and third in overall points, after Leon Draisaitl.(23) and Connor McDavid (22).

By Diane Doyle

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About Diane Doyle

Been a Caps fan since November 1975 when attending a game with my then boyfriend and now husband.
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