Detroit Red Wings veteran Pavel Datsyuk reached a personal milestone Sunday afternoon, as his put-back goal versus the Boston Bruins marked his 900th career point.
Datsyuk's goal. 3-2, BOS. #RedWings #Bruins pic.twitter.com/RgLXhwkfOc
— Stefan Kubus (@StefanKubus) February 14, 2016
Despite his offensive output wavering off a bit, it was only fitting that the 171st overall pick in 1998 notched No. 900 in front of the home crowd. Datsyuk’s first-period tally makes it his 10th for the season, giving the veteran forward 31 points on the year.
A lengthy career in D-town for Datsyuk, his 900th point ties him with former forward Tony Amonte for 106th all-time in career points. Next up is ex-New Jersey Devils defenseman Scott Stevens (908), who played 22 seasons from 1982 to 2004. Current Penguin Sidney Crosby leads Datsyuk with 906 career points, although it’s evident that Crosby still has a stockpile of lamps to light in his future.
Datsyuk and his Red Wings are currently enjoying a 28-18 season, good for third in the Atlantic Division. Nothing is set in stone moving forward however, as the Tampa Bay Lightning are lurking a point behind Detroit with a ton of hockey left to play.
With playoffs looming in a few months and the Wings looking to wreak havoc in the Eastern Conference, Datsyuk’s been an essential player in the postseason the last three years, racking up 19 points in 26 points. Couple his experience with the star-studded rookie in Dylan Larkin and Detroit could be a sneaky club come April.
For now, it’s fitting to tip your cap to one of the great forwards in the National Hockey League on his 900th point.