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Ovechkin wins third Rocket Richard Trophy

Apr 28, 2013, 12:35 AM EDT

Alex Ovechkin AP

A red-hot finish fueled Alex Ovechkin‘s surge to his third career Maurice Richard Trophy* on Saturday. Ovechkin finished the 2013 season with 32 goals, edging Steven Stamkos, John Tavares and the rest of the field.

Ovechkin, 27, scored 14 of his 32 tallies in the month of April, breaking the NHL’s record for goals in the month of April. While the lockout aided that goal, it remains a highly impressive run. Overall, Ovechkin scored 24 goals in 29 games since March 1.

Ovechkin has scored at least 32 goals in every season of his eight-year NHL career. He now sits at 371 goals in 601 career regular season games.

The Capitals point out that Ovechkin is the first player in the trophy’s history to win it at least three times. That word is in bold for a reason: the award’s only been around for 13 years. (Wayne Gretzky topped all goal scorers in five different seasons, for example.)

Either way, it’s another great accolade for an offensive force who is enjoying a phenomenal two-month run.

* – Technically, this award victory is unofficial. Jeff Carter poses the greatest threat to Ovechkin’s claim, but the Los Angeles Kings sniper would need six goals to tie him and seven to take it since he began Saturday at 26 tallies.

  1. ravenscaps48 - Apr 28, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    THE RUSSIAN MACHINE!!!!

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Apr 28, 2013 at 2:02 PM

      How many goals would he have scored had he not been floating at the start of the season? This guy is the worst captain of in the NHL.

      • ravenscaps48 - Apr 28, 2013 at 2:32 PM

        How many would he have had if they had a full training camp and offseason to learn his 4th system in three years? He adjusted, stood up for his teammates, and lead this team to the playoffs. Don’t know how that qualifies him to be the worst captain in the NHL.

      • polegojim - Apr 29, 2013 at 11:18 AM

        Joey….. tap tap tap… hellooooo… he was PLAYING HOCKEY ALL SEASON LONG. ALL SEASON… just not in a Caps uni.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Apr 29, 2013 at 12:07 PM

        yeah! I know he was. But I just figured it wasn’t worth the effort considering this was a Caps fan that didn’t realize it initially.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Apr 29, 2013 at 12:09 PM

        yeah! I know he was. But I just figured it wasn’t worth my time to tell this Caps fan what Ovi was doing during the lockout. I mean what kind of a hockey fan are you if you don’t know this.

      • flavadave10 - Apr 29, 2013 at 6:27 PM

        How many goals would he have scored if he wasn’t playing with the likes of Jay Beagle and Joey Crabb in January?

      • polegojim - Apr 29, 2013 at 7:10 PM

        Sorry Joey… I should have aimed that at Ravenscaps48… who was making excuses for him.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Apr 29, 2013 at 10:44 PM

        Had he scored goals playing with beagle and crab you’d be praising him for being great. So, he wasn’t great with these guys, and great players make mediocre players look good. That Ovi cannot do because he is not great.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Apr 28, 2013 at 3:21 PM

      Ovi is by far the biggest showboat in the NHL. Name one other captain in the NHL today that showboats like him. How many can you name from the past that showboated like him? He’s excellent at scoring goals and body checking. He’s not a very good play maker, he’s selfish and is always looking to be the center of attention, and says stupid things to the press. He is horrendous when playing without the puck. Years ago the Caps had all the right ingredients to win the Cup but didn’t make it to the big dance because he was outplayed by Crosby in game 7 of the eastern final. All he had to do that game is be at his best, and he was not. You want to be one of the best paid franchise players on the team, then be at your best in the clutch to propel your team to the next level. He can’t do this. Period!

      There’s more to being a leader than merely wearing the captain’s “C” on your jersey. Leadership is knowing how to push your teammates to levels they didn’t know they could reach, making sure they don’t accept anything less than their best on the ice — and off.
      “I think in the end, it’s just trying to help people realize their potential and figure out how to motivate them,” Hall of Famer Mark Messier once told a writer. “You have to get to know a player on a much deeper level than just hockey. … In the end, they have to know that the only thing that matters to both of you is trying to find a way to win, and that you don’t have any ulterior motives against them. You’re just trying to find out how to get the best out of them, and they respect that.”

      • babykaby - Apr 29, 2013 at 7:29 AM

        You call Ovechkin a showboater, well I disagree. What Ovechkin is, is one of only a very few sportsmen who actually show unbridled enthusiasm and great passion for their sport. Caps fans, and even some fans who aren’t, appreciate the great love and joy he exhibits for the game of hockey. Hockey needs more players like Ovi. I’ll never understand why going on the ice and taking somebodies head off for no apparent reason is so overwhelmingly appreciated by some some fans, but expressing love and joy for your game is considered unacceptable. There is really something wrong there. And I don’t want to hear about how selfish he is either, Ovechkin shows just as much enthusiasm when one of his teammates scores as well.

        As far as being a leader goes, all of his teammates seem to appreciate him as captain. I have yet to hear or read anything negative being said by any of his current or former teammates. They all seem to have nothing but praise for him. I personally would much rather have someone like Ovechkin as a leader, than a whiney, diver, crybaby who can’t make it through a single season. It’s funny though, how that whiney crybaby always seems to manage to get it together so he can be out there (with fresh legs) for the big games and collect all the praises. Now that’s what I would call selfish.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Apr 29, 2013 at 8:02 AM

        You’re right. Crybaby has to stop using his mouth to catch pucks. And he should learn to gesture like Ov to call players to him when he scores. Oh! And the youngest Captain to hoist the cup should be more passionate with respect to his work ethics and learning how to play in all three zones. Or maybe Ovi has it right. He should start dancing more when he scores. Like the football players do when they put 6 on the board. Oh! Wait! NFL banned TD celebrations. Why? Because it show boating and it has no place in the game. I suppose you enjoyed watching him warm his hands above a burning stick during a goal celebration. I’m sure he’s good guy. However, a true Captain he is not. Ask Boudreau to speak off the record if you meet him one day.

      • ravenscaps48 - Apr 29, 2013 at 9:14 AM

        You sound as if Sidney Crosby absolutely willed his team to their Stanley Cup. Newsflash, if it weren’t for Malkin’s run, Fleury’s ridiculous goaltending, or Maxime Talbot’s goals, you wouldn’t have come close to the Cup that year. So stop giving Sidney all the credit like he scored 20 goals that postseason. Hockey is a TEAM game.

      • flavadave10 - Apr 29, 2013 at 6:28 PM

        He’s a point per game player in the playoffs. The heck else you want from him?

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Apr 29, 2013 at 10:38 PM

        Crosby was a piece of the puzzle. every great team has a great captain to lead the to the ultimate championship. Ovi is not a great captain. He’s atrocious without the puck and is not a great passer and a whole lot more.

  2. kotteintheslot - Apr 28, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    I thought he was washed up?

  3. nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 28, 2013 at 3:38 AM

    This is the 13th NHL season with a 48 game schedule. Crazy 8′s 32 goals is not the most in seasons of this length. The great Charlie Conacher of the Leafs in 1935 scored 36.

  4. spochiefsfan - Apr 28, 2013 at 7:27 AM

    nothanksimdriving…. thanks for the relevant info! I’m sure the game was played at the same speed then.

    • mattybo - Apr 28, 2013 at 8:38 AM

      Ignorant sports fan comment.

      So since Mickey Mantle and Babe Ruth dominated their competition at the time but they were slower than todays athletes it lessens their accomplishments? No, afraid not.

      Let me guess, you are going to say Barry Sanders was against a bunch of slow people too in 20 years. Isn’t their fault they were ahead of their time and competition and that sport science was 1/100th of what it is today.

    • thehighcountrybear - Apr 28, 2013 at 12:07 PM

      spochiefsfan:

      Of course the Conacher reference is valid…it’s too easy to simply assume everything in the contemporary world is superior without empirical data used in support of reasoned and logical comparisons. In this example, nothing is harder empirical proof than the goals at issue.

      Had Ovechkin evolved as a player in 1935, he’d have been subject to the same conditions influencing his development as a player as did Conacher. The inverse would be true for Conacher under today’s hockey development system. Both were the best of class in their given year. Just ask Mick and Keith…

      It is the evening of the day
      I sit and watch the children play
      Doin’ things I used to do they think are new

      • blomfeld - Apr 28, 2013 at 12:55 PM

        As Tears Go By … :)

  5. ludacrish05 - Apr 28, 2013 at 8:02 AM

    Stanley cup comes home to DC!

    • theageofquarrel - Apr 28, 2013 at 8:29 AM

      How can it come “home” when it was never won? Unless we all missed that Washington won the Cup sometime in their history.

  6. steelers88 - Apr 28, 2013 at 8:09 AM

    No sorry the Stanley Cup is coming home to PITTSBURGH!

    • babykaby - Apr 29, 2013 at 7:41 AM

      You guys were supposed to win it last year, but with all that talent you still took an a$$ whipping by the Flyers and couldn’t get out of the first round. This year you pi$$ed on the players that helped get you such a big lead in the standings and brought in pretty much most of the high end players that were available before the trade deadline. All that talent. If you don’t win the cup this year, it isn’t because you didn’t try to buy it with all those “stars”.

      I would hate to be a player in your organization that is trying to make it on to the team. They’ll just use you, then when it gets close to the playoffs you can count on being sent back down or being a healthy scratch regardless of how well you’ve played. You certainly won’t be allowed to play in the playoffs. So sad.

  7. penguins2946 - Apr 28, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    As a Pens fan, it’s going to be a disgrace if Ovi doesn’t win the Hart. He completely deserves it.

  8. cavafox - Apr 28, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    “Crosby and Ovechkin each finish with 56 points. Crosby did so in 36 games, Ovechkin 48.”

    With that said. Ovie deserves the Hart. Pens proved they can win without Crosby. Without Ovie, the caps are playing golf.

    • penguins2946 - Apr 28, 2013 at 12:03 PM

      Yes, and the fact that Ovi blew away Crosby in the goal department. I’m a big “Crosby for Hart” supporter, but I would have no issue with Ovi winning. He deserves it.

    • babykaby - Apr 29, 2013 at 7:46 AM

      True, Crosby did it in fewer games, but last I looked, he didn’t play a different position, didn’t have to learn a new system without adequate preseason, didn’t have a new coach and didn’t have a boatload of new teammates. I think even the god, Crosby, would have been a little slower out of the gate under those conditions.

  9. taintedlombardis - Apr 28, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Goals>>>assists anyway. Ovechkin lapped Crosby in the only stat that really matters. Goals.

  10. cavafox - Apr 28, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    I’m pretty sure you are wrong. Nope. Positive.

  11. cspsrbums - Apr 28, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Valo is a clown

    • babykaby - Apr 29, 2013 at 7:48 AM

      You shouldn’t insult clowns that way.

  12. icelovinbrotha215 - Apr 28, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    I thought Ovi’s career was done. So much for the ‘experts…’

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