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Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin became the team's all-time leading pointgetter with an assist against Calgary Tuesday – and he did it in shockingly rapid fashion.
When the Capitals selected Alex Ovechkin first overall in the 2004 NHL entry draft, they knew they were getting a blue-chip talent. But if you told them it would take Ovechkin less than nine full seasons to become the franchise's all-time leading scorer, they might have told you such an accomplishment was on the outer boundaries of their wildest dreams. Yet that's where history led the Russian winger, who achieved that goal – knocking Caps icon Peter Bondra out of top spot – with an assist on Nicklas Backstrom's first-period goal against Calgary Tuesday night:
The assist gave Ovechkin 826 career regular-season points in his 691st game. It took Bondra 961 career games over 14 seasons to set the mark of 825 points Ovechkin broke against the Flames. Small wonder the organization celebrated it so soon, with congratulations from Wayne Gretzky, who said, "Congratulations to Alex Ovechkin on the outstanding achievement of becoming the leading scorer in Washington Capitals history. He's a tremendous talent with many great years and achievements ahead of him." Bondra was in attendance at the game, sitting with Caps owner Ted Leonsis, and with a smile on his face acknowledged Ovechkin from his seat in the stands.