Ovechkin passes Fedorov as highest-scoring Russian NHL player


At 33, Alex Ovechkin is really starting to collect impressive milestones. He added another remarkable one on Tuesday, as he scored his 1,180th point, breaking a tie with Sergei Fedorov for the most regular-season points by a Russian-born player in NHL history.

In a less customary fashion for Ovechkin, he reached this record with an assist, as he collected a secondary helper on a T.J. Oshie goal. This pushes Ovechkin to 644 goals and 536 assists, and he has time to add to that total against the Vancouver Canucks during Tuesday’s game, the 1,055th of his already-incredible career.

Refreshingly, while this was a secondary assist, Ovechkin had plenty to do with Oshie’s goal, as he created havoc in a way that — honestly? — feels more reminiscent of a younger Ovechkin, who was more “all over the ice” than the current, office-dwelling model.

Speaking of reminiscing, this milestone opens the door to look back at what Ovechkin’s accomplished so far, Fedorov’s arguably-too-easily-forgotten greatness, and even the brief time they spent together as Capitals teammates.

Yep, some of you probably forgot that Fedorov actually suited up with Ovechkin, but it happened. Fedorov played 70 regular-season and 21 playoff games for the Capitals between 2007-08 and 2008-09, beating Henrik Lundqvist for a game-winner that stood as his last NHL goal:

Ovechkin reached his new record in fewer games than Fedorov, but when you consider that Fedorov slogged through the worst of the “Dead Puck Era,” it really undersells just how great they both were during their peaks. Both players also piled up a ton of playoff games during their illustrious careers, so it’s fun to look at everything side-by-side:

Ovechkin: 644 goals, 536 assists, 1,180 points in 1,055 games.
Playoffs: 61 G, 56 A, 117 pts., 121 games.
Awards: Calder, Three Hart, Three Pearson, Seven Richard, One Art Ross, One Conn Smythe. One Stanley Cup.

Fedorov: 483 goals, 696 assists, 1,179 points in 1,248 games.
Playoffs: 52 G, 124 A, 176 points, 183 games.
Awards: One Hart, Two Selkes, One Ted Lindsay/Pearson. Three Stanley Cup victories.

Two incredible careers, and Ovechkin’s bound to join Fedorov in the Hall of Fame. It will be fascinating to see where Ovechkin’s numbers end up.

One thing that remains after all these years is swagger. Russian Machine Never Breaks notes that, in a Reddit AMA with Lars Eller, Ovechkin was asked which goalie was the toughest to play against, and part of his answer included ” … it doesn’t matter, I still score.”

Ovechkin finished the game with that one assist, while the Capitals managed a 3-2 win against the Canucks.

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.