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Video: Ovechkin becomes NHL’s first 40-goal scorer this season

Feb 6, 2014, 9:32 PM EST

Ovi’s back to scoring 40.

On Thursday night, Washington captain Alex Ovechkin scored his 40th goal of the year — in his 54th game, no less — becoming the NHL’s first 40-goal man this season and marking the first time he’s hit the plateau since scoring 50 during the 2009-10 campaign:

Here are Ovechkin’s goal totals over the last four years:

2010-11: 32 in 79 games
2011-12: 38 in 78 games
2013: 32 in 48 games (lockout-shortened campaign)

With tonight’s goal, Ovechkin became the first player in the NHL this season to hit 40 goals, putting him 10 clear of Toronto’s Phil Kessel (who sits in second, with 30 tallies).

Goal No. 40 was also Ovechkin’s second in his last five games, putting him on pace for a potential 60-goal campaign… which would be a real plateau for the Russian sniper to reach. Ovechkin has just one 60-goal campaign in his career, and it came during his third year in the NHL when he scored 65 (and notched a career-high 112 points).

  1. realemman - Feb 6, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    Guy is a true sniper, man. Whether you like it or not.

  2. rockthered1286 - Feb 6, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    And let the Ovi bashing commence… Here I’ll start:

    “He’s a lazy Russian who hogs the puck and can’t play D and only scores on power play and he’s not a true captain or leader on the ice and only cares about himself.”

    Is that about right for the troll populous?

    • valoisvipers - Feb 6, 2014 at 10:07 PM

      By Jove I think you got it!

    • govtminion - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:21 PM

      You forgot to call him an ‘enigmatic Russian forward’, otherwise you got it dead-on. ;)

    • barkar942 - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:52 PM

      Not playing troll, but 40 goals and he is -19.
      The entire team has only 8 zeroes or pluses, and four of them have played less that 13 games.

      http://capitals.nhl.com/club/stats.htm

      Yakopov scored the game winner for the Oilers tonight, and he looks just like Ovie out there with a tremendous shot and weak on defense. He is -29.

  3. lowenni - Feb 6, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    He may be “one-dimensional”…but he’s also one of the greatest goal scorers of all time.

    • barkar942 - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:53 PM

      Absolutely agree, lowenni. Spot on description.

    • jpelle82 - Feb 7, 2014 at 3:58 PM

      yeah it kinda doesnt matter if you’re the best at that one dimension.

  4. muckleflugga - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    i would argue ovechkin is this week’s best player in the world …?

  5. cspsrbums - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    Stick up you Axx Milbury you clown

  6. leafs2013 - Feb 7, 2014 at 4:57 AM

    I don’t like ovi, I respect him for his talent but at the end of the day these guy play in the NHL to win the Stanley Cup. He will never win a Stanley Cup if he only wants to float around waiting for the puck to come to him. If you asked any of the true greatest players who ever played the game if they would rather have a bunch of records or win the Stanley Cup %100 would take the Cup. I believe he would probably say the same but his actions speak louder then words.

  7. rockthered1286 - Feb 7, 2014 at 5:52 AM

    If Ovi is such a floater and selfish player can somebody please explain to me why no coach has been able to straighten him up or fix the so called drifting? For all of the hockey fans here who find it unacceptable youd think actual players and coaches would as well right? So why didnt Boudreau fix it? or Oates?

    And for a lazy player he’s also second on the team in hits. Something you can’t do just standing still of drifting.

    And one can easily argue if the entire team is in the minus don’t ya think that has to do with the poor goaltending and D as opposed to singling out one player on O? I can guarantee that Ovi on any other team with a solid D would surely not have the glaring minus that he has right now.

    • joey4id - Feb 7, 2014 at 8:51 AM

      Because Ovi doesn’t want to change his game. This commenter is being sarcastic, but he’s dead on. “He only cares about himself”

      rockthered1286 – Feb 6, 2014 at 9:46 PM
      And let the Ovi bashing commence… Here I’ll start:

      “He’s a lazy Russian who hogs the puck and can’t play D and only scores on power play and he’s not a true captain or leader on the ice and only cares about himself.”

    • leafs2013 - Feb 7, 2014 at 12:08 PM

      They have tried to change him! Do you remember why Boudreau got fired? He tried to get him to play defense when Ovi didn’t he sat him, the little cry baby went over Boudreau’s head straight to the owner and now the ducks are then number one team in the league!

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