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Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals have been very impressive this year. Not only is the team in a three-way tie for the most points in the NHL with 50, but the Capitals have the most players on a team to score a goal with 20.
For the majority of the season, Nicklas Backstrom was leading the Capitals in goals. Then Ovechkin just stormed past in matter of a 10-game stretch.
It’s extremely crazy how fast “The Great 8” can generate goals considering he’s at the later stages of his career. This is greatness personified.
In hockey one must understand the dynamics and physics with angles/trajectory in terms of knowing how to score goals, which isn’t easy. Ovechkin makes it look easy. Whether it be Ovechkins’ pre-game routine, with shooting countless pucks from the left circle, to the pucks in-game finding the back of the net.
Ovechkin is a magician and a bonafide pure goal scorer. Much like LeBron James and Tom Brady, Ovechkin brings consistency and longevity into his legacy. At 35 years old, Ovechkin is now sitting with 18 goals on the season and 724 in his magnificent career.
Auston Matthews is the league leader in goals currently with 23. Ovechkin is now only five goals back of the leader for the Maurice “Rocket” Richard trophy. As this shortened season continues to move on there’s going to be more milestones being broken for the Capitals Captain.
He’s only one goal shy of passing the legendary Brett Hull with 265 PPG (Power-play goals) and 10 shy of the all-time record 274 PPG set by Dave Andreychuk. Ovechkin is three goals shy of passing Phil Esposito for third and nineteen away from Jaromir Jagr for first on the GWG (Game-winning goals) all-time list.
The clock keeps turning and the Capitals are good again. Ovechkin keeps having success. With 21 more games left in this shortened season, don’t be surprised if Ovi wins yet another Rocket trophy.