Every time he hits the ice, Alex Ovechkin accomplishes a bit of history. And Friday against the New York Rangers, Ovechkin passed one of the greatest players of all-time on the NHL points list.
After recording a primary assist on Michal Kempny’s first-period goal, Ovechkin passed Jean Beliveau on the NHL’s all-time points list.
Ovechkin’s latest point came after John Carlson unleashed a booming shot from the point. The slapper was blocked in front of the net by a Rangers defenseman, but Ovechkin, as he was on his knees, got a backhanded shot on net. The puck bounced off Henrik Lundqvist’s lively pads right to Kempny who had punched the rebound home for his first goal of the season.
The assist was Ovechkin’s only point of the night. He now has 663 goals, 557 assists, and 1,220 points. Beliveau finished his career with 507 goals, 712 assists, and 1,219 points.
With an assist on Kempny's goal, Alex Ovechkin (663g, 557a, 1,220 points) has passed Jean Beliveau (1,219 points) for the 42nd most points in NHL history.
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) October 18, 2019
Beliveau played 20 seasons with the Montreal Canadiens from 1950 to 1971 and is one of the NHL’s top 100 players ever. Beliveau’s name is on the Stanley Cup 17 times – 10 as a player and seven as an executive vice president of the Habs.
“Everything I achieved throughout my career, and all the rewards that followed, came as the results of team effort,” Beliveau wrote in his autobiography. “If they say anything about me when I’m gone, let them say that I was a team man. To me, there is no higher compliment.”
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