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Welcome to the club: Datsyuk nets 1,000 career point

Published time: January 30, 2013 12:08
Edited time: January 30, 2013 16:08
Pavel Datsyuk #13 of the Detroit Red Wings.(AFP Photo / Kirk Irwin)

Pavel Datsyuk #13 of the Detroit Red Wings.(AFP Photo / Kirk Irwin)

The 1000th career point from Russian forward, Pavel Datsyuk helped the Red Wings to a 4-1 victory over the Dallas Stars in the NHL.

­Datsyuk assisted Valtteri Filppula in the two opening goals, which pretty much sealed the deal for the Red Wings on the night he bagged the landmark achievement.

"Whenever he has the puck, you can always expect it's going to come your way," Filppula said of Datsyuk’s play in an interview with the NHL’s official website. "I've obviously played with him for a while now, but still, every once in a while you get surprised."  

The game meant the Russian’s career scoring record reached 1,000 points, with 732 (240 goals 478 assists) coming in the NHL and the rest – in Russian hockey.

Datsyuk made his debut for Spartak Yekaterinburg in 1997 and played for Dynamo Yekaterinburg and AK Bars Kazan before moving to Detroit in 2001.

He spent his whole NHL career with the Red Wings, only returning to Russia during the 2004 lockout with Dynamo Moscow and the 2012 lockout with CSKA Moscow.

The 34-year-old is considered one of the most intelligent modern hockey players, who is always eager to give up his personal ambition for the sake of the team.  

Datsyuk has won the Stanley Cup two times in 2002 and 2008, also becoming world champion with Russia last year.