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Alex Ovechkin Hits the 900-Point Mark

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The Caps' captain continues to set milestones, rack up points and cement himself as a scoring legend

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At some point, a player's numbers become so flashy, so spectacular, so incredible, that in the grand scheme of things, the somewhat arbitrary "round number" qualifier we place on them almost carries just a bit less meaning.

After all, the fact that Alex Ovechkin has now hit 900 points is only slightly more impressive than the fact that he was anywhere near that total in the first place, or that he's scored more goals and points than anyone else over the last decade and a half, or that every single day he extends his lead as the greatest scorer in franchise history and cements himself as one of the all-time greats in the history of the League.

That said... easy-to-grasp, "pretty" milestones are important, if for no other reason than they point out the landmarks along a road that almost certainly leads to a spot in the Hockey Hall of Fame. And the more Ovechkin puts up these gaudy totals, the more likely it is that his road ends there, as well (if it weren't already a mortal lock). To be just 30 years old - and barely 30, at that - and achieve a point total that only 103 other players in NHL history have hit, is something to be celebrated with all of the superlatives one can muster.

This is hardly the first time we've gawked at some new achievement unlocked by the Great 8; it almost certainly won't be the last - over the course of his career, and in all likelihood, this season.

It never, ever gets old.

With his 900th point tonight, Ovechkin becomes the first player drafted this century to hit the 900-point mark; he's just the 11th active player to do so, and the second this season, joining Shane Doan (who achieved the milestone in 1399 games played).

Take a look at it one more time, and remember - yet again - just how lucky we all are to get to see this kind of talent on display night after night. It's pretty special, to say the least.