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Drive to the Net: Malkin ‘finally’ hits point 1,000

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Evgeni Malkin celebrates his 1,000th career point. -- MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Evgeni Malkin joined an elite group on Tuesday.

No, the NHL didn't fix that infamous list of the 100 greatest players of all-time. He's still Mr. 101 in the eyes of the league.

Even better -- Malkin became the 88th player in history to hit the 1,000th-point mark, reaching the milestone with the secondary assist on Phil Kessel's power-play goal in the third period of a 5-3 win over the Capitals:

Malkin is the fifth Russian-born player to hit 1,000, joining Alex Ovechkin, Alexei Kovalev, Sergei Fedorov, and Alexander Mogilny. He's also the fifth active player to have reached 1,000 points, joining Joe ThorntonSidney Crosby, Ovechkin, and Patrick Marleau.

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