The Russian Machine and Great 8, Caps Captain Alex Ovechkin scored #25 and #26 on the season, this puts him back in command of the Richard Rocket race again.
He is the fourth player in NHL history to score 25+ goals in each of his first 13 seasons, joining Jaromir Jagr (17 seasons), Mike Gartner (15 seasons) and Wayne Gretzky (13 seasons). There is no other active player close to double digits. And, he’s done with with lockout shortened seasons to boot.
Speaking of the Great One, Gretzky scored 583 goals in Edmonton. Ovi just passed that single-franchise goal scoring mark when het potted 584 as a Cap. He still has a long way to go for the single franchise career scoring record, but to pile on the goals in the post-Free Agency, post-Labor Lockout era under a single franchise unreal and overall is rarified company as only Howe, Yzerman, Lemieux, Sakic, Hull have more with a single franchise than Ovi and there are no other active players even close.
His all time shot total reached 4722 officially passing Sakic to take sole possession of 10th all time.
The even strength goal put him to 361 all time taking sole possession of 22nd place moving ahead of Mark Recci.
And, his goals per game remains better than .600, just a few ticks above Gretzky’s mark and a shade below Bure who owns #5 on the all time list.
Oh, and he also recorded #100 for Game Winning Goals (#9 all time, 1 behind Iginla and 3 behind Marleau) and 22 for OT winners adding to his all time lead. It was a thing of beauty too, since he was at the end of his shift and his linemates were in the midst of a change he went coast-to-coast solo splitting the ‘Cane’s D, faked a shot and came around wide on the right circle to beat Ward. Who says he can only score from his office??