Thursday, February 22, 2018
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Ovechkin hits 1,000 points in Caps' win

WASHINGTON — Alex Ovechkin wasted no time hitting another milestone.

Ovechkin scored 35 seconds into the Capitals' game against the Penguins on Wednesday night to become the 84th player in NHL history to record 1,000 career points. He got another goal at 8:06 of the first as the Capitals won 5-2.

Washington won its seventh consecutive game and snapped Pittsburgh's winning streak at five.

Justin Williams and Nicklas Backstrom also scored for Washington, and Braden Holtby made 30 saves. Backstrom also had three assists for a four-point night.

Evgeni Malkin and Patric Hornqvist scored for Pittsburgh.

Ovechkin, 31, became the fourth Russian player to reach 1,000 points and the 37th to do it all with one franchise.

Reaching the milestone in his 880th game, Ovechkin is the second-fastest active player to reach 1,000 after Jaromir Jagr, who did it in 763 games and hit the milestone in 2000.

Ovechkin's first goal moved him past Maurice "Rocket" Richard for 29th all time in NHL goals (545). His second goal came on a power play and moved him past Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman for 16th all time in that category with 203; he is one behind Wayne Gretzky for 15th.

Game highlights: Phillip Danault and Artturi Lehkonen each scored twice and the Canadiens dominated the host Jets in a 7-4 victory. Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said his team got an unacceptable effort from everyone. … Jason Demers scored the tiebreaking goal early in the second period, Roberto Luongo stopped 29 shots and the Panthers held on for a 2-1 victory over the host Islanders.

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