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Can Ovechkin score 50 in 50?

Dec 11, 2013, 5:20 PM EDT

Alex Ovechkin AP

Maurice “The Rocket” Richard was the first to do it. Brett Hull was the last. In between, three others did it — Mike Bossy, Wayne Gretzky, and Mario Lemieux.

Now, Alex Ovechkin is hoping to do it, too.

We are, of course, talking about scoring 50 goals in 50 games — an accomplishment that all of a sudden looks a lot more realistic for Ovechkin following his four-goal game last night.

From CSN Washington:

Ovechkin has 26 goals in 29 games, missing two games with a right shoulder injury. To achieve the league-recognized 50 in 50, Ovechkin would need to score 24 goals in the Caps’ next 19 games.

He could also net an injury-interrupted 50 in 50 with 24 goals in his next 21 games, which is similar to what Jari Kurri, Alexander Mogilny, Lemieux and Cam Neely did in their careers.

“Of course it would be nice to score that [many] goals in that [many] games,” Ovechkin said. “It’s really hard and it’s almost impossible to do it right now because the level of hockey is so high. You almost have to score every game or two a game to do that.

“We’ll see what’s going to happen. My job is to score goals. Every opportunity I have I’m going to try to put it in the net.”

Is it likely Ovechkin gets 50 in 50? It is not. But the fact we’re even talking about it is impressive in today’s NHL.

Suffice to say, the Capitals’ captain is facing slightly better goaltending — not to mention much more advanced defensive systems — than Gretzky did back in 1981-82 when the Great One scored his amazing 50 in 39.

  1. btlpper68 - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    He is a goal scoring machine but it is not happening

    • dcfan4life - Dec 11, 2013 at 6:09 PM

      Someone else brought up a great point as to how motivated some players play in the Olympics year. Ovechkin is a huge supporter of his Olympic team, more so than the Caps. The Olympics are in Russia, i mean he is not only on fire but as motivated as a man can be to play great. He can do it, absolutely. But since he isnt on pace to do it and he plays a physical game which could lead to another missed game or too id agree, he isnt doing it this season.

  2. calden99 - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    I would rather have crosby on my team

    • chizrocker88 - Dec 12, 2013 at 9:55 PM

      yay for secondary assists!

  3. jacketsfan7 - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Yeah he can , but it won’t happen , sorry to say it

  4. jernster21 - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:34 PM


  5. stcrowe - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    If you had asked me five years ago, I would have guessed that Ovechkin would have pulled it off by now. He is playing great now, but I just have no faith in his consistency.

  6. brycewest - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    I cannot STAND Ovechkin…all fan allegiance aside. He is THE most selfish puck hog in the modern game. Plays NO defense and loafs around the ice, waiting to cherry pick. Power play time…spent on the wing, waiting for a pass. Pathetic.

    And selfish is an accurate description…some stats to think about:

    Ovechkin season shot total: 156 Capitals team total: 942 that 17% of the shots for the team!!!
    Crosby season shot total: 111 Malkin’s: 90 Penguins team total: 1004 that’s 20% for the two best players in the world

    Ovechkin should try being a captain and use that skill to elevate the players around. joke.

    • capsneed2points - Dec 11, 2013 at 8:21 PM

      Your a moron. Just because his linemates can’t sweep a pass on their tape into the net(MoJo) is not his fault. His defensive game has improved somewhat. I was aware scoring goals and getting shots on net was a good thing. I remember when all you Pens fans were discussing was when to measure his blade curve when you guys couldn’t stop him in the 08-09 playoffs. OVI has also been in 4 different systems. Crosby is the best in the world but don’t be a curmudgeon and hate OVI because he’s better than Malkin.

      • cdalton2690 - Dec 11, 2013 at 10:06 PM

        It’s amazing how some people act. Before people hate on him for not scoring enough and he needs to get traded because he is awful. Now he is on fire and he is selfish, greedy and a puck hog. Funny how that works.

      • brycewest - Dec 11, 2013 at 10:54 PM

        He’s always been a puck hog…ALWAYS. And don’t blame Marcus Johannsen…the kid’s got plenty of talent, but he’s out there to feed pucks to Backstrom and Ovi and that’s IT. As far as the excuse of 4 systems, he sucked on defense in every one of them. He was a pouty little bee otch when Hunter made him play both ways and he couldn’t put up points because…HEY it’s tiring having to skate up and down the ice and play in that “other” zone. He’s got skill…an elite sniper, but one talent does not a team make. I AM a Pens fan..proudly. It’s a T E A M effort, every night. And you’re smoking crack if you think Ovi’s better than Geno….not even a comparison. Let me know when Ovechkin can take a faceoff, bring the puck into the zone and PASS IT, take the point on a PP, apply back pressure or open lanes for other players. He’s a one trick pony.

    • dcdangles - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:08 AM

      Ah crap, another one of these. You sit there and bash OV all you want; I’ll be over here watching him light the lamp. And I can’t wait to watch your beloved Sid and Geno crap the bed in the playoffs again this year. That Flyers series last year was the most hilarious thing I’ve ever seen.

      • jpelle82 - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:52 AM

        what flyers series last year? flyers didnt even make the playoffs. i dont mind watching 8 light the lamp all season long…its entertaining. his most recent playoff performance was 2 pts -2 in 7 games in his last series though…you really shouldnt throw rocks if you live in a glass house buddy. i really hope the caps make the playoffs this year by the way

    • chizrocker88 - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:13 PM

      “all fan allegiance aside.” lololol could your argument be more of a joke? Your bias is just absurd.

      Ovechkin numbers:

      2005: 52G, 54A

      2006: 46G, 46A

      2007: 65G, 47A

      2008: 56G, 54A

      2009: 50G, 59A

      2010: 32G, 53A

      2011: 38G, 27A

      2012: 32G, 24A

      So in 8 full seasons he’s had more assists than goals 3 times, even once, assists within 10 of goals two times and 10+ goals over assists two times. But yeah, he’s totally a ridiculously selfish player.

  7. enollatsknarf - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Will he be a plus player after 50 games?

    • 19to77 - Dec 11, 2013 at 7:51 PM

      Better question is, will +/- be a useful statistic ever?

  8. lowenni - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    I say he can, but it depends on one thing: his even strength play. If Johansson and Backstrom can get back to making 5v5 plays, and Ovi gets some two goal games, it can happen. I think the play of Backstrom actually is the x-factor, not Ovi himself.

    • jpelle82 - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:56 AM

      considering that historically 35% of his goals come off the pp and this year that percentage is even higher (42%), i will agree with you whole heartedly that the only way he will ever do it, is if he can find a way (with help) to improve 5 on 5.

  9. muckleflugga - Dec 11, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    ovechkin has 49 goals in his last fifty two game appearances according to james duthie

    stack three or four muli-goal games into the mix, fifty in fifty is not unreasonable, though he’ll be getting some serious attention from the enemy; read, paternalistic north american officials and players afraid a russian might enter the permanent records

    not to dismiss the rocket, but he did his when the world was still at war, and the league somewhat diluted

    the golden jet’s was incredibly exciting, as was hull himself…accomplished when the game was more defensively inclined yet

    joe malone scored forty four in twenty games…back when the world was young, gay meant happy, joint was a bad place to go and high meant…high

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Dec 11, 2013 at 6:25 PM

      No thumbs Muck, but: Bobby Hull, the Golden Jet never did the 50/50 feat. His son Brett did. I agree with much of the rest of your comment, but not the officials conspiring to keep Ovi out of the record books. Silly. If it sells tickets, as an Ovi record assault would, the NHL wants it.

  10. bakercsb - Dec 11, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    What about Cam Neely? He also had 50 goals in 49 games.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Dec 11, 2013 at 6:28 PM

      The story does mention Neely, but says it was HIS first 50, not his team’s first 50, as he had injury games off. Two different records.

    • peterjohnjoseph - Dec 11, 2013 at 6:46 PM

      I always hate that Cam doesn’t get due diligence when speaking about the record because of the semantics. Its sad, the only reason the goals were not in consecutive Bruin’s games was because he was forced to sit out every other game because of his knee injury. Imagine how good he would of been with two good knees? Imagine how many goals he would have scored had he played in every game on those two good knees.

      • 19to77 - Dec 11, 2013 at 7:53 PM

        Imagine Mario Lemieux retiring as the all-time scoring leader in NHL history if he wasn’t too busy beating cancer to also beat Wayne Gretzky. There are a lot of “What could have been” narratives in hockey.

    • hairpie2 - Dec 11, 2013 at 8:15 PM

      Neely had 50 in 44 games. Second fastest ever to Gretzky’s 38.

  11. blomfeld - Dec 11, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    NYET !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  12. muckleflugga - Dec 11, 2013 at 6:48 PM


    hey, you’re righ, you bass…i’ve been losing this argument for close to fifty years..?

    nice catch

  13. jacketsfan7 - Dec 11, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    I agree with all you , take all these things into consideration along with the fact that guys who did in the 90s didn’t face as much defensive pressure and had different rules back then , while I think he can do it , I don’t think he will

  14. muckleflugga - Dec 11, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    fifty in fifty two by bobby hull in the nhl, not too shabby

    fifty one in forty nine by bobby hull in the wha, not too shabby

  15. rockthered1286 - Dec 11, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    How does having a high shot count make Ovi less of a player? I’m extremely confused. I thought the point of a game is to win. I thought you win by giving your best players the chance to shoot and score. I thought Ovi leads the league in goals by a decent margin? So why would the guy who consistently finds the back of the net NOT shoot? And why would passing to lesser players who have a lesser chance of scoring, make him a better player? Does not add up.

    And those saying Ovi is a one trick pony need to watch a 2013 game.

    • capsneed2points - Dec 11, 2013 at 8:26 PM

      Exactly. RED

    • hockeydon10 - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:04 AM


      “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”
      Wayne Gretzky

  16. pfhockey - Dec 11, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    I believe he’ll get close but most certainly no, his last performance really closed the gap

  17. toiletclown - Dec 12, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    maybe if his first name was sidney and last name was crosby

    • chizrocker88 - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:17 PM

      He’s gotten to 50 once in his career, and aside from that his highest is 39…sooooo no.

  18. cspsrbums - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Any article on PHT and then Pens fans are the only ones and always relate the article to one of the pens players. This is a question about OVI 50-50 not who is better Malkin or the whiner or Ovi. You all need to stop being so bias and give Honest opinions. By the way Ovis doesn’t have all the talent around him or any other goal scorers, that is why his is a better player then the Pitt clowns he is payed to score not skate pear wets around the ice. So do us all a favor and keep the Pitt comment down to a minimum. By the way son played in a hockey Tourn. There this weekend that city is disgusting enjoy.

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