BOSTON — As Alex Ovechkin rolls through this season, he continues to hit individual milestones. He set a franchise record for power play goals on Dec. 10 and recorded his 400th career goal on Dec. 20. Saturday afternoon, with a pair of power-play goals in the Capitals’ 4-2 win over the Bruins, he recorded his 800th career NHL point.
He’s just the second in Capitals franchise history to reach the mark and the 150th in NHL history. But Coach Adam Oates – he of 1,420 career points, good for 17th on the league’s all-time scoring list — kept this particular moment in perspective.
“That’s not a milestone,” Oates quipped postgame, before turning serious after a laugh. “For him, he’s a focal point of the league he’s the face of our franchise. It’s important he does well for all of us but in saying that he knows that he’s still one of 20 within the lineup that 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 got to contribute and do his job.”
Ovechkin was told he reached this latest plateau after the game but he too didn’t make a fuss. If Ovechkin is doing what he does best – scoring goals and driving Washington’s offense – the numbers are bound to come with it.
“It’s history and you always wants to be in history,” Ovechkin said. “You always want to be on top of everybody. I try to do my best but without my linemates and my teammates I couldn’t get that kind of points.”
Ovechkin has 43 goals and 65 points in 57 games this season — a 1.14 point-per game pace. If he keeps that up over the final 21 games, assuming he doesn’t miss any, he could come close to Peter Bondra’s franchise record mark of 825 points.
While at this juncture Ovechkin is more concerned about the points the Capitals need in the standings to secure a seventh-consecutive playoff berth, he acknowledged that he’s playing with confidence right now. Just in case the three goals and five points in the past two games weren’t enough to illustrate it.
“I feel good about myself, I have good feeling about my shot and every time when I have opportunity to shoot the puck I’m going to shoot it,” Ovechkin said. “When you feel hot you have to stay hot.”
Here’s Ovechkin’s first goal against the Bruins:
And the second, point No. 800.