Alex Ovechkin becomes NHL’s top-scoring Russian-born player

Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin logged another milestone in his spectacular last 12 months when he became the NHL’s top-scoring Russian-born player on Tuesday night.

His first-period assist against the Vancouver Canucks was the 1,180th point of Oveckhin’s career, breaking his tie with Sergei Fedorov.

Fedorov, who finished his Hall of Fame career as Ovechkin’s teammate in Washington, played 1,248 NHL games. Ovechkin broke the Russian mark in Game 1055.

Ovechkin is very proud of his heritage. When the NHL had yet to commit to the 2014 Sochi Olympics, he said he planned to go regardless. The league eventually did send its players.

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