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Ovechkin first 30 goal in first 50 postseason game player since Sakic

May 10, 2012, 10:03 AM EDT

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 02: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals warms up before a game against the New York Rangers in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Verizon Center on May 2, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images) Getty Images

As we previously mentioned, with his early power-play goal in Washington’s 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers, Alex Ovechkin now has 30 goals in just 50 playoff games. That’s pretty impressive, but it looks even better when you give it some context.

The last player to score 30 goals in his first 50 postseason contests was Joe Sakic, who did it in 1997. The scary thing is that Ovechkin might have reached the 30-goal mark even quicker if his playing time hadn’t been slashed – at least compared to previous postseason runs – and the Capitals didn’t change their playing style. He had 25 goals in 37 playoff contests coming into 2011-12.

“It’s not about me; it’s all about everybody,” Ovechkin said. “We wanna play good in playoff game. Of course I’m gonna do my best and everybody gonna do their best. You can see how we start hockey game where we put puck deep and finish our checks and move our legs, get penalty and score goal.”

For now, it’s not a stretch to assume that Ovechkin is primarily thinking about Game 7, which will be played at 7:30pm ET on Saturday.

Ovechkin has never played in the Conference Finals before. The last time he came this close was in 2009 when the Capitals lost in Game 7 to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round. Washington has changed a lot since then. We’ll see if the results are different too.

  1. davidpcoelho - May 10, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Repost…so what!

  2. fbothharbaughs - May 10, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    pret-ty GAY….

    • ravenscaps48 - May 10, 2012 at 11:59 AM

      How’s your favorite hockey team doing?…. Toolbag

      • fbothharbaughs - May 10, 2012 at 12:15 PM

        They were bounced in the first round, sir, but a Caps fan talking smack? Seriously??

    • ml3939 - May 10, 2012 at 3:31 PM

      Mr. Inferiority Complex is back.

      • fbothharbaughs - May 10, 2012 at 9:00 PM

        ml3939, ever thought of changing your moniker to phi1975?

      • ml3939 - May 11, 2012 at 1:37 AM

        You are really pushing the creative envelope with that one. Did you ever think of changing your username to myfavoriteteamintentionallylostgamestodraftmariolemeiux,hasgonebankrupttwice,playedsopoorlytheydraftedfirstorsecondfouryearsinarow,blewathreegamestononeleadinaplayoffseries,missedtheplayoffsseventeentimesandwaspatheticfortheirfirsttwentythreeyearsofexistence

      • ml3939 - May 11, 2012 at 1:40 AM

        Sorry, your team has had so many shortcomings I ran out of room with your new username.

    • bmoreredfury311 - May 10, 2012 at 6:36 PM

      just like your lil girl cind, right?. has he calmed down now the Mario has given him his firetruck back? as i said after your beloved pens got KNOCKED OUT. pen fans have no more say. you hill folk talked enough crap with that whole philly/pit sh!t show.

      • fbothharbaughs - May 10, 2012 at 8:59 PM

        … except for the fact that “lil girl cind” is a champion….

        & that’s all i have to say ’bout that…

      • bmoreredfury311 - May 10, 2012 at 9:10 PM

        Thats all you guys have. good for you pitt, keep living in the past. but this is now, and it is so much better. so sorry you cant join us :)

      • fbothharbaughs - May 11, 2012 at 7:31 AM

        nice… all Pittsburgh has is it’s numerous championships (in the past) to fall back on. & the baltimore/washington area has…. failures to Pittsburgh in the playoffs

      • bmoreredfury311 - May 11, 2012 at 12:28 PM

        key words “fall back on”, and now you have nothing. yes pitt has beaten us in the PAST, im glad that is the happy thought that makes you go to sleep tonight.. but you know, pitt fans have to eventually to come up with a better come back. i know the meth frys your brain pretty well up there.

      • fbothharbaughs - May 11, 2012 at 3:12 PM

        Sorry, did someone take away the Stanley Cups? Guess a Caps fan wouldn’t know. No better comeback than my team’s won championships, yours has not… enjoy your heroin….

  3. atb4 - May 10, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    It seems many people say this guy isn’t a playoff performer, but all the stats indicate he is.
    He just hasn’t won the “big game” yet.

  4. dcdiehard82 - May 10, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    It’s going to feel good to finally get back to the cup!! No sweep this time though

  5. tonyromoisterrible - May 10, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    The Caps are gonna whip the rangers tail. No one except media idiots harp on Ovie’s playing time. He doesn’t care as long as the Caps are winning. New York sucks.

    Caps. Caps. Caps.

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