Pavel Datsyuk #13 of the Detroit Red Wings.(AFP Photo / Kirk Irwin)The Detroit Red Wings forward, Pavel Datsyuk, has become the tenth Russian to score 1,000 points in the National Hockey League. Datsyuk assisted Valtteri Filppula on two occasions in the Red Wings’ 4-1 home win against the Dallas Stars to bag 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 scoring record reached 1,000 points (344 goals and 656 assists). Datsyuk arrived in Detroit from AK Bars Kazan in 2001 and has remained loyal to the Red Wings ever since. 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 isn’t the first Russian to reach the 1,000 points score after the NHL lockout ended.Ilya Kovalchuk also of the Detroit Red Wings reached the mark in the opening game of the shortened regular season on January 19. There’s now ten Russians in the so-called ‘Club 1000′, including such hockey greats as Sergey Fedorov, Sergey Makarov, Igor Larionov, Aleksey Kovalev, Aleksandr Mogilny, Aleksey Yashin, Vyacheslav Kozlov and Aleksey Morozov.
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