While all eyes were on one Russian player’s pursuit of a Detroit Red Wings icon, a different Russian was catching another Detroit legend.
With a goal Dec. 20 against the New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin was collecting his 1,179th NHL point. That was placing him in a tie with longtime Red Wings star Sergei Fedorov for second place in all-time scoring by Russian-born NHLers.
Winnipeg Jets pay respect to Alex Ovechkin after the game. Awesome. pic.twitter.com/SWS4XmmDot
— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) December 24, 2022
Alex Ovechkin is the leader with 1,451 points. And of course, Ovechkin’s pursuit of Detroit icon Gordie Howe (801) for second on the NHL all-time goal list was certainly overshadowing Malkin’s milestone moment.
Netting two goals in Friday’s game against the Winnipeg Jets, Ovechkin (802) was moving past Mr. Hockey and setting his sights on Wayne Gretzky (894 goals).
Red Wings In Case You Missed It
- Detroit was signing 2022 draft pick center Amadeus Lombardi of the OHL Flint Firebirds to a three-year NHL entry-level contract
- The AHL Grand Rapids Griffins were rallying for an 8-7 win over the Chicago Wolves
- Briefly a Red Wings forward during the 1965-66 NHL season, Don McKenney is dead at 88
- Has Detroit finally brought a halt to the Tampa Bay curse?
Red Wings Next Game
Detroit will be seeing Malkin, Sidney Crosby and the rest of the Penguins when they travel to Pittsburgh for their first post-Christmas break game on Dec. 28. It has a 7:30 pm ET start time.
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Islanders: In his first NHL game, Islanders forward Aatu Raty nets his first NHL goal.
Boston: Forward Nick Foligno is suddenly becoming an offensive weapon for the Bruins.
Montreal: The Canadiens are moving Kirby Dach off their top line and back to center to fill in for the injured Sean Monahan.
Florida: Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad left in the first period of Friday’s game, pointing to his right shoulder while heading to the dressing room.
Colorado: Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon was wowing young patients during a visit to a Colorado pediatric hospital.
Dallas: The Stars contained Connor McDavid but still lost to the Edmonton Oilers.
San Jose: Minnesota’s Mason Shaw was earning a two-game NHL suspension for kneeing Sharks forward (and one-time Red Wings first-round pick) Evgeny Svechnikov.
Vegas: Do the Golden Knights have enough to make a trade for Vancouver’s Bo Horvat?
Calgary: Flames forward Jonathan Huberdeau is taking heat for passing up shooting opportunities.