Only two Pittsburgh Penguins have achieved the feat and only two Russians in NHL history have achieved the milestone. Monday night, Evgeni Malkin stormed the slot and ripped a wrist-shot past Boston Bruins goalie Jaroslav Halak for Malkin’s 1100th career point with the Penguins.
The only Penguins to reach that level all in a Penguins sweater are Mario Lemieux and Sidney Crosby. The only Russian players to ever score 1100 career points in the NHL were Sergei Fedorov and Alex Ovechkin.
That’s some pretty impressive company for the kid who hid in an airport broom closet to defect from the KHL 15 years ago. That’s the same kid who looked at Sidney Crosby and forced Crosby to go onto the ice next to last, “Three years, Super League.”
Here’s Malkin’s 1100th point.
The power-play goal was the 424th goal of Malkin’s career and his second point of the game. After two periods, the Penguins lead their East Division rival Boston Bruins 3-1.
Malkin played a big role in the Pittsburgh Penguins offense on Monday, just as he has for several weeks. Malkin’s first point extended his scoring streak to eight games. Malkin has an assist in eight straight games and four goals in that time.
This season, Evgeni Malkin has 24 points (8g, 16a) in 28 games. After a slow start, he and linemate Kasperi Kapanen have been making up for lost time.
Fittingly, Malkin’s 1100th point was assisted by Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang.