Saturday, March 1, 2014
Ovechkin reaches 800-point milestone
By Joe McDonald
BOSTON -- It's hard to believe that Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin didn't realize he reached a milestone during Saturday's 4-2 win over the Boston Bruins at TD Garden.
With his two-goal performance, Ovechkin reached 800 career points with his league-leading 42nd and 43rd goals of the season. He becomes the 150 player in history to reach that points plateau, but he claims he didn't know.
"To be honest with you, [Capitals PR director] Sergey [Kocharov] just told me. It's nice. It's a big number. Just have to keep going," Ovechkin said.
After the game in the visitor's locker room, he took a picture with the puck he recorded his 800th point with and credited his teammates for the milestone. Even Capitals coach and Hall of Famer Adam Oates kindly dismissed Ovechkin's achievement.
"That's not a milestone," Oates said. "For him he's a focal point of our league, he's the face of the franchise, it's important he does well for all of us, but in saying that he knows that he's still one of 20 that lines up and plays every night so he's got to do his job. We obviously cater to him and favor to him a little bit, but he's also got to contribute."
Overall, Ovechkin has registered 34 points (14 goals, 20 assists) in 31 regular-season games against the Bruins. He currently leads the league in goals (43), power-play goals (17), overtime goals (3) and shots. He's on pace for his fifth 50-goal season, but wouldn't say he's in the midst of his best season.
"Hard to say," he said. "I feel good about myself. I have a good feeling about my shot. Every time I have an opportunity to shoot the puck, I'm going to shoot. When you feel hot you have to stay hot."