Saturday night Alex Ovechkin reminded the world of his gr8ness when he scored his fiftieth goal of the season–and then his fifty-first less than two minutes later.
We are now inside Ovechkin’s eighth season with fifty or more goals. As Vin Masi pointed out on Twitter: that’s one more fifty-goal season than all other active NHL players put together.
Alex Ovechkin – 8
All other active NHL players combined – 7
— Vin Masi (@VinMasi) March 31, 2019
So more than half of all big-goal seasons have come from Ovechkin, who is also the only player to score 50-plus goals since 2011-12.
The only other active players with more than one 50-goal season are Ilya Kovalchuck and Steven Stamkos. They have two apiece.
With NHL scoring up overall, there’s a chance Ovechkin will have company. Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl has 47 goals, and Toronto’s John Tavares has 45.
Ovechkin’s fiftieth goal was a thing of beauty.
If Ovechkin has one more 50-goal campaign, he will tie Wayne Gretzy and Mike Bossy for the most in NHL history. That’s not bad company to be in.
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