There were plenty of interesting milestones reached during Monday’s NHL action, which did not include the Chicago Blackhawks
The Chicago Blackhawks could not continue their season of misery Monday, as they were given an open slot. They don’t compete again until Thursday, with a game at the Winnipeg Jets.
There were plenty of interesting happenings going on Monday, though, in the NHL. Specifically, a number of milestones were reached by individuals.
Let’s start with Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin, who became just the 20th player in league history to reach the 600-goal plateau.
Ovechkin did this in fewer than 1,000 NHL games, which is especially crazy. For a guy who hasn’t had very much postseason success, Ovechkin has had quite the NHL career otherwise.
Then we can move on to the Vegas Golden Knights and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury. Some may have believed not long ago that Fleury was washed up and prepared to retire.
Well, he’s still piling up victories, including this milestone Monday.
Fleury is just one of three active NHL netminders to reach 400 career wins, the other two being Roberto Luongo (467) and Henrik Lundqvist (430). The next closest athlete is Ryan Miller at 366, and he doesn’t play full-time anymore. Pretty impressive stuff from Fleury.
We also had some lesser milestones, but still cool stuff nonetheless.
Man, it makes you wish the Chicago Blackhawks were doing something worthy of positive recognition like this. But perhaps this building toward the future will get them in these sorts of conversations not too long down the road.
Chicago Blackhawks morning links
— Someone needs to find redemption in this season. Chicago Sun-Times
— Playing a long time for a good cause. NHL.com
— Start with what you can change. The Rink
— Marchand gets a star for causing an injury. NHL.com
— They call it a Belgian dip. SportsNet