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Video: Ovechkin scores 10th goal in 10 games

Oct 24, 2013, 11:20 PM EDT

Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin is on fire right now, but he’s not just getting bounces. The Russian winger’s looking like the Ovechkin of “old,” firing a dizzying amount of pucks at opposing nets.

He scored his 10th goal in 10 games to give Washington an early 1-0 lead against the Edmonton Oilers Thursday:

Such a run makes TSN’s Bob McKenzie wonder if Ovechkin, 28, can score 70 goals this season (and similar thoughts about Sidney Crosby reaching 150+ points). Ovi has 32 goals in his last 31 regular season games, assuming he doesn’t get any more on Thursday.

Again, it’s not just like everything is going in for Ovechkin. He has an absurd 61 shots on goal in nine games and already has five tonight, so he’ll average at least 6.6 shots per contest once tonight’s game is over. The 14.8 shooting percentage he carried into Thursday is only slightly better than his career average of 12.2.

Does that mean we can expect 70 in 82 or 82 in 82? Probably not, but with a 65-goal season on his resume (2007-08), it’s not as crazy as it sounds.

  1. 19to77 - Oct 24, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Who inceptioned Ovi into thinking the playoffs start in January? Is the secret to his superpowers just getting him to believe there’s an Olympics every year he has to be ready for?

  2. broadstreetbeatdown - Oct 24, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Looks like Number 8 is going to have a monster year this season.

  3. mjasper24 - Oct 24, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    mike milbury isn’t impressed.

  4. AppealToReason - Oct 25, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    11

  5. dcfan4life - Oct 25, 2013 at 2:25 AM

    He is seeing the puck so well, moving really well, but the main reason hes on fire is Johansson. He has started this season with an amazing touch. Him and Backstrohm know how to feel Ovie. And of course Ovechkin knows how to finish.

    • pxland - Oct 25, 2013 at 11:50 AM

      I’m sorry, I know it’s a typo, but “feel…finish” brought out my inner ten year old boy.

      • dcfan4life - Oct 26, 2013 at 5:38 AM

        Yes, i meant feed…

  6. joey4id - Oct 25, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    This guy is a pure scoring machine. Unfortunately, his entertainment value is greater than his hockey value. He’s highly entertaining to watch, but he makes coaches cringe because his value when playing without the puck is very poor. What would a team be willing to give up in a trade for him? He certainly been tagged to be the franchise player in WSH, but has yet to lead the team to the SCF. Which team would be willing to give up their franchise player for Ovi? Who needs a flashy player with little substance to act as a role player? Tough trade, but nonetheless needs to be made. WSH will need a highly experienced hockey man to make this happen.

    • guitarhunterdude - Oct 25, 2013 at 8:50 AM

      You can’t put the blame soley on Ovechkin for problems that plague that whole team. The Caps have always been a poor possession team, and that isn’t a formula for winning in the playoffs.

      • joey4id - Oct 25, 2013 at 9:13 AM

        I absolutely agree with you. He just isn’t a complete player you need to build a team around. He would be a very strong asset with a team who already had their team leader. He’d have to play on a line with players who could make up for his poor play without the puck.

      • polegojim - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:50 AM

        GuitarGuy… nobody blames him for ALL the teams woes… however – you said it – along with scoring, puck possession and D win Cups… and using pure performance measurements and stats, Ovi has been suspect.

        The 10 goals sound awesome… but overall he’s at -3 this season, and -2, -2, -1 last three years in the playoffs… which means he and his line are giving up MORE than they provide, even with his goals. Name a season that a guy like Datsyuk has ever… EVER… had a minus year.

        That tells us all that Ovi has earned some serious ‘blame’… he’s been as poor as -19 and was -8 last year. And that’s the Caps BEST line… it goes downhill from there.

        I’d take ‘plus’ over the glory of high goal scoring any season.

      • jaguar0413 - Oct 25, 2013 at 11:12 AM

        polegojim…everybody knows that +/- is one of the most useless stats for evaluating a player’s value. The Capitals TEAM was a very poor 5 v 5 TEAM last year and Ovi got a disproportionate number of his points via the powerplay so therefore his +/- rating was guaranteed to be low.

        It’s so easy to point to Datsyuk or Crosby and compare them to Ovechkin. There’s no doubt that both are much better two-way players, but they have to be since they play Center. They naturally have much more defensive responsibility than a wing simply because of the position that they play. That’s an apples to oranges comparison. A better player to match him against (in his prime) would be Jagr and I don’t remember Jagr being regaled for his defensive excellence. That didn’t prevent him from winning two cups with a good TEAM.

        It’s not like Ovechkin has ever played with any other hall of fame caliber players. Datsyuk had Lidstrom, Gretzky had Coffey, Messier had Coffey and Brian Leetch, Toews plays with a Norris winner in Keith, etc etc.

      • jaguar0413 - Oct 25, 2013 at 11:19 AM

        polegojim…Just to prove to you how useles +/- stat is, Ovechkin’s season high +/- is +45 while Datsyuk’s best single season is +41. So, was Ovechkin that much better defensively than Datsyuk for one season? Obviously not.

      • joey4id - Oct 25, 2013 at 11:42 AM

        Jaguar, regardless of position every player must play well without the puck. Ovi is less than average. There have been wingers in the NHL that played great D without the puck.

      • polegojim - Oct 26, 2013 at 12:56 AM

        Jag… you’re trying to argue both sides and talking in circles.

        You admit Ovi isn’t that good of a two way player… that was MY point. He costs his team because of it. That was my point.

        Winger or center… BECAUSE of their superior play in both zones, Dats and the others you mentioned help make those AROUND them better players. Then with your argument… see
        Zetterberg… Winger with ONE -1 NHL season.

        We agree it’s very exciting to see Ovi score all those goals… I’d rather win Championships.

    • polegojim - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:33 AM

      True Joey… better, but very similar to Hossa. Not at their best as the ‘featured’ player.

      • c9castine - Oct 25, 2013 at 2:15 PM

        Yeah except hossa is a winger known for his two way play. Saying he ist a center and thats why he doest play defense is a cop out. Im done knockin on ovechkin 10 years later as a pens fan all my theories have been proven. Ovechkin is a one trick pony who may never win a cup unless he is led to one. That being said these day i do enjoy watching him score goals. I hope he scores 75 this year i think its be really cool. Ive just never thought he was mvp material.

  7. obnoxiousDCfan - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    All you people screaming “Ovi’s gotta go” are hilarious. Are you kidding? He’s the only reason they have gotten to the playoffs as much as they have. It’s not his fault GMGM doesn’t know how to build a playoff team.

    • joey4id - Oct 25, 2013 at 12:01 PM

      How will did he produce last year when the team needed goals vs the Rangers? 1 g 1 a in 7 games…. and he’s the franchise palyer!!!!!!!!!!! Gimme a break…

      Game 1
      WSH 3 NYR 1
      Ovi 1 G

      Game 2
      WSH 1 NYR 0
      Ovi 1 A

      Game 3
      WSH 3 NYR 4
      Ovi Nil

      Game 4
      WSH 3 NYR 4
      Ovi Nil

      Game 5
      WSH 2 NYR 1
      Ovi Nil

      Game 6
      WSH 0 NYR 1
      Ovi Nil

      Game 7
      WSH 0 NYR 0
      Ovi Nil

      • obnoxiousDCfan - Oct 25, 2013 at 1:16 PM

        So, by your logic, he needs 2 goals PER game in the playoffs and block 10 shots to be credible?

        Yet, you completely overlook the 32 goals in 48 games that got them to the playoffs. Without him, they wouldn’t have even Been in that series. Like I said, it’s not his fault McPhee can’t build a playoff team.

      • joey4id - Oct 25, 2013 at 1:25 PM

        They don’t hand out team silverware for making the playoffs. 16 teams out of 30 make the playoffs. Woo Hoo! Quit the achievement. What good is it if you lead a team to battle but can’t win the war. It’s about leading your team to winning the SC. Not freezing up when it counts.

      • babykaby - Oct 26, 2013 at 4:55 AM

        Using your logic, why didn’t the best player in the league (supposedly), the greatest captain in the league (yeah right), with the most stacked team in the league, LEAD his team to win the cup the past two seasons? Explain that. Using your logic Crosby is a bigger loser than Ovechkin. Crosby with the best team in the entire league couldn’t win the cup, not one year , but two.

    • joey4id - Oct 25, 2013 at 12:10 PM

      EC Semi Finals vs the Pens in 2009 went to Game 7 Ovi had good numbers… until game seven. Half through period 2 it was 5 – zip Pit… Where was Ovi?

      • babykaby - Oct 26, 2013 at 4:48 AM

        Where was Pit with the stacked teams they had the past two seasons? Despite all that skill they didn’t carry home the trophy. Ovi is one guy, Pit is loaded and can’t get the job done, so in all actuality why hasn’t Pit’s captain gotten his team to the finals the past two seasons? Poor whiny leadership maybe?

  8. hockey412 - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    That’s a lot of goals, and that’s good. But does it bother anyone that he’s ranked 121st in shooting percentage and even with his goals, he’s still a minus 3? That would probably bother me.

    Love the guy, I think he’s an elite hockey player and can be one hell of a competitor. Just not sure I’d want him on my team OVER another elite player, if I had to choose.

    • stakex - Oct 25, 2013 at 11:28 AM

      First of all, shooting percentage ranking is a flunky stat. Most of the guys in the top 30 haven’t taken more then 10 shots, making it easier to have a higher percentage. The more shots a player has, the lower his shooting % will generally be. When you look at the top 30 players in shots however, Ovechkin is ranked 3rd in shooting % with 15%… behind only Marleau and Crosby.

      The minus three is a bit more concerning, but its more of a reflection on the team as a whole then the player himself. I mean early on Holtby was very shaky, and the Caps were not playing good defense as a team… thus they gave up a lot of goals, and everyone’s +/- suffered. Ovechkin’s line mates are also not scoring at all (Backstrom had only his second goal last night), which isn’t helping his +/- one bit.

      At the end of the day, just sounds like you are nit picking. The guy has 10 goals and 15 points in 10 games…. there isn’t a GM in the league that wouldn’t kill to have Ovechkin on their team.

      • joey4id - Oct 25, 2013 at 12:23 PM

        OVi had 1 goal 1 assist vs Rangers last year in 7 games. Zero points in the last 5 games. Bad! Very bad! GMs would get a better fit for their team with Backstrom as opposed to Ovi.

      • pxland - Oct 25, 2013 at 12:45 PM

        “there isn’t a GM in the league that wouldn’t kill to have Ovechkin on their team”

        Maybe in the KHL

  9. joey4id - Oct 25, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    I don’t think Shero would take Ovi on his team. Heck! Not even sure GMGM wants him on the team, but they’re stuck with him. Maybe the Yotes! You think he can sell hockey in AZ like Gretzky did in CA? Boston? He can screw up a team D pretty bad? Avs? He couldn’t play for a guy like Roy. Florida? Yeah! Heck! They signed TT. SJS? Maybe if Ovi would accept to play 3 fiddle. So! I think many GMs would pass on a prima donna. Ask Boudreau or Hunter what they think of Ovi.

    • babykaby - Oct 26, 2013 at 4:40 AM

      joey4id (idiot), Every time you make a comment you prove just how ridiculous you actually are. Do you honestly believe that the Caps feel they are “stuck” with Ovechkin? Do you honestly believe that Shero wouldn’t take him if he could find a way to get him? Your prejudice and bias is showing. You bring up +/- to prove how bad Ovi is. You do realize that Jeff Schultz, yes, Jeff Schultz led the league in +/- a couple of seasons ago. That should show you exactly how useless that stat is. Lets look at the Pens, they had the most stacked team in the league the past two seasons, they were expected to win the cup both seasons, how did they do? With all that skill they didn’t win the cup. Yet, you expect a team with only one highly skilled player to do it all himself, give me a break. And yes, if you actually understood the game of hockey, you would realize there IS a big difference in what is expected in a center compared to a winger. Ovechkin’s job is to score and play a halfway decent defensive game, if you actually watched more than one Cap game a year you would realize he does exactly what he is paid to do. Could his defensive game improve, yeah, but it is certainly not as bad as you like to imply. Go ahead continue to put him down, as I noted earlier it only proves your ridiculousness.

      • joey4id - Oct 26, 2013 at 10:42 AM

        babyobaby, so you agree with me to a certain extent. If you think Shero would take Ovi it’s because Shero would see him in a secondary role. No? Unless you believe Shero would trade Crosby for Ovi straight up….. C’mon. Someone as smart as you surely doesn’t believe that would happen. Shero would get lynched by the fans if he would make that trade. But! Entertain us. If you’re Shero, who would you give up for Ovi? Remember! You make that trade to win the cup.

  10. rpiotr01 - Oct 25, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    With my Rangers looking like willing doormats this year, I’m rooting for Ovie to join the 50-in-50 club. Gotta have something to look forward to, right?

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