(courtesy of The AP)
In a game where his line mate stole the show with a four-point night, Pavel Datsyuk reached two career milestones not too far from “Where dreams come true.” The 34-year-old center notched a goal and two assists just up the road from Disneyland in both scoring caterogories. Datsyuk broke a 1-1 tie with his 10th goal of the year and the 250th of his career.
He would add his 22nd helper on the season on Justin Abdelkader’s hattrick goal, while also reaching the 500 mark on his career. In 762 games played, Datsyuk has notched 751 points which translates to an average of 98.5 point percentage for his NHL career. This doesn’t come as a surprise however, since Pavel is Russian after all and currently sits 10th all-time amongst his countrymen.
The Yekaterinburg native has some work to do if he wants to position himself higher on the list with names like Gonchar, Zubov, and Bure in his way. Datsyuk now is in sole possession for most points for Russians this season with 33, three more than Alexander Semin. Below are videos of both milestones.