Vincent Lecavalier's 900th career NHL point was delivered in dramatic fashion, as it was recorded when he scored the game-winning goal at the 2:45 mark of overtime in Sunday's 5-4 comeback victory over the Capitals. Lecavalier thus became the 100th player in league history to hit the milestone.
Selected No. 1 overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 1998 NHL entry draft, the bulk of Lecavalier's professional production—383 goals and 874 points to be exact—came during his 14 seasons in a Tampa Bay uniform, a span in which he played 1,037 of his 1,086 career NHL games.
Following the 2012-13 season, the Lightning cut ties with Lecavalier, using a compliance buyout to free up salary-cap space for the franchise. After weighing his options, Lecavalier proceeded to ink a five-year, $22.5 million contract with the Philadelphia Flyers this past July.
A non-displaced back fracture cost the 33-year-old forward nine games earlier this season, and Lecavalier has missed 13 games overall in 2013-14. With three points in three games since returning from the Olympic break and goals in back-to-back contests, however, Lecavalier should move up the Flyers' scoring ranks over the team's final 20 regular-season games, assuming he can avoid further injury. At present, he is ninth on the team in scoring with 26 points in 49 games.
Now that Lecavalier has hit the 900-point plateau, he will take aim at the 400-goal mark. Sunday's tally marked his 14th of the season and the 397th of his career. Lecavalier's next chance to boost his current total will come Wednesday when the Flyers host the Capitals in a rematch of Sunday's thrilling contest.
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