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Alex Ovechkin Reaches 800-Point Mark with 2-Goal Performance Saturday

BOSTON, MA - MARCH 1: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals skates with the puck against Gregory Campbell #11 of the Boston Bruins at the TD Garden on March 1, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
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Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffMarch 2, 2014

Washington Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin notched his 799th and 800th career NHL points in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Boston Bruins. In doing so, he reached the 800-point milestone in impressive fashion, scoring the first two goals of the game in a matchup against one of the league's top defensive teams.

Both of Ovechkin's goals—which lifted his season mark upon completion of Saturday's tilt to an NHL-best 43—came on the power play, giving him a league-high 17 tallies with the man advantage in advance of Sunday's contest against the Flyers.

Following Sunday's overtime loss to Philadelphia—in which he was held without a point—Ovechkin remains 25 points shy of Peter Bondra's franchise-high mark of 825 career points.

With 20 contests left on the Capitals' regular-season slate, Ovechkin has a chance to overtake Bondra before the close of the 2013-14 campaign with a productive stretch run. Ovechkin now has 658 career games with the franchise under his belt, while Bondra suited up for 961 games in a Washington uniform.

Ovechkin, the top overall pick in the 2004 NHL entry draft, is the 150th member of the NHL's 800-point club, which includes 18 active players. Detroit Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk also joined the list recently, scoring his 800th career point on Feb. 8.

With 414 career tallies and 386 assists, the 28-year-old Ovechkin would appear to be a lock to hit the 400-assist plateau next season, health permitting. Moreover, given his current scoring pace, 450 goals is another mark that should be well within his reach in 2014-15.

 

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