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Ovechkin becomes 16th NHLer to reach 1,500 points

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Washington Capitals icon Alexander Ovechkin added another accolade to his legendary NHL career Thursday night by becoming the 16th player in league history to reach 1,500 points.

The milestone came via a secondary assist on Dylan Strome's third-period tally against the Dallas Stars.

"It's a pretty cool number," Ovechkin said postgame, according to's Tom Gulitti. "I always say without my teammates, I would never reach. It's pretty cool."

Ovechkin achieved the feat in his 1,370th career game, making him the 12th-fastest player to reach the 1,500-point mark, according to Capitals Public Relations.

Sidney Crosby is the only other active player in the club, entering it last season. Both stars are closing in on the top 10 in all-time scoring.

Rank Player Points GP
10th Phil Esposito 1590 1282
11th Ray Bourque 1579 1612
12th Joe Thornton 1539 1714
13 Mark Recchi 1533 1652
14 Sidney Crosby 1531 1215
15 Alexander Ovechkin 1500 1370

Ovechkin, 38, entered Thursday's game with five goals and nine assists in 22 games this season. He's 67 tallies behind Wayne Gretzky's all-time record.

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