Tuesday night saw two major career accomplishments by the NHL’s best Russians as both Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin added extra credentials to their eventual first ballot Hall of Fame ticket.
Towards the latter of the second period, Malkin picked up the secondary assist to achieve the 1,000 point plateau becoming just the fifth Russian in NHL history to reach it. He is just the 88th player in league history to score 1,000 points.His parents were on hand and very excited.
In the third period it was Ovechkin’s turn as he too picked up an assist to reach the 1,200 career point mark. Already the leading scorer amongst Russians in both goals and points, Ovi became just the 48th player in league history to score 1,200 points. He sits at 48th overall as well.
The Penguins event acknowledged the achieved for the “Great 8” on the scoreboard, an incredibly class move between the two rival teams.
Ovechkin became just the 7th European player to reach 1,200 points. It has been truly remarkable to follow two of the greatest Russian players of all-time battle it in one lifetime. The two became the fourth set of players in league history to each record 1,000 points after being drafted 1st and 2nd overall in the same year.
Let’s hope they never retire.