First it was Sergei Fedorov, a month later it was Alexander Mogilny, and tonight, well over six years since a Russian-born player reached the 1,000 career point plateau, Ottawa’s Alexei Kovalev joins an elite club. Kovalev scored a power-play goal midway through the first period(at exactly 10:00) to give the Senators the early lead. With the goal, assisted by fellow countryman Sergei Gonchar, Kovalev became the 76th NHL player to have his career points go into quadruple digits.
Kovalev fired a slap shot past Jonathon Quick after Gonchar’s shot bounced off a LA Kings defender for his sixth goal of the year. The shot was powerful enough to break his stick. Kovalev would add an assist on the game winning goal by Jason Spezza to earn the first star of the game. He becomes the second Senators player to eclipse 1,000 points with captain Daniel Alfredsson doing so exactly a month ago.
Taking a look at the next potential Russian to join the 1,000 point club, I’ll put my money on Ilya Kovalchuk who despite being second among active players behind Kovalev’s teammate Gonchar already has 652 points in 640 games. Meanwhile Alexander Ovechkin has 555 points in 418 games while Pavel Datsyuk has 614 in 624 games.
Below is Kovalev’s 1,000th point and post-game interview courtesy as always of the NHL and the NHL.com