Kovalev hits 1,000-game plateau

0kovy1000.gifAlex Kovalev reaches a milestone.
Jana Chytilova, Ottawa Citizen

Alex Kovalev will become the third member of the Canadiens to play in his 1,000th NHL game this month when he takes to the ice against the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night.

Defenceman Roman Hamrlik and forward Bryan Smolinski are the other members of the team to reach the milestone.

Kovalev becomes the fourth Russian-born player to play 1,000 NHL games. He could also reach the 800-point plateau in Carolina with a goal or an assist (337 goals, 462 assists).

Friday’s game will be Kovalev’s 163rd as a member of the Canadiens, making him one of the longest-serving Russian players in team history behind Andrei Markov (419), Oleg Petrov (365) and Vladimir Malakhov (282).

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