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Video: Ovechkin hits 50-goal mark for fifth time

Apr 8, 2014, 9:01 PM EDT

Alex Ovechkin seems primed to be remembered as the most prolific goal producer of his era … and easily the most criticized snipers as well.

However you feel about the Washington Capitals star and his constantly critiqued defense/leadership/[insert intangibles], one cannot debate the fact that he is now a five-time 50+ goal scorer. Not bad for a guy who’s only 28.

Ovechkin hit the 50-goal mark against the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday:

We’ll know by the end of this week if Ovechkin ends up being the only player who manages to cross the 50-goal mark this season. As of this writing, Corey Perry is the only scorer who crossed the 40-goal threshold; he has 42 with three games left with the Anaheim Ducks.

  1. lowenni - Apr 8, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    Bla bla bla, defense sucks, bla bla. Bad captain, bla bla. I know, I’m a Caps fan. Guy is a DAMN good goal scorer though. Damn good.

    • imleftcoast - Apr 8, 2014 at 9:08 PM

      on the powerplay

      • lowenni - Apr 8, 2014 at 9:14 PM

        This season, perhaps. However, I believe he’s fourth all time in goals-per-game average in a time where goals are harder to come by then just about ever. He has 421 goals. He could very well finish his career with 700 goals. Yeah, I think he’s a pretty good goal scorer (and not just on the powerplay).

    • billiam55 - Apr 8, 2014 at 11:42 PM

      with that -35 right?

    • valoisvipers - Apr 10, 2014 at 2:21 PM

      Ovi scores 50 yet is a minus -34. I guess Oates was right about him quitting on that goal and many,many more.

  2. thebigwhitecat - Apr 8, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    Cool. Now only -35.

    • lowenni - Apr 8, 2014 at 9:08 PM

      Nope. Still -36. You don’t get a + for goals scored on the powerplay (that’s why his plus-minus is so awful, Caps suck at 5v5) :(

      • thebigwhitecat - Apr 8, 2014 at 9:12 PM

        Thanks, lowenni.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 8, 2014 at 10:02 PM

        Any idea what the NHL record is for worst +/- for a 50 goal scorer?

      • patthehockeyfan - Apr 9, 2014 at 8:12 AM

        Ovie’s +/- for the year, as listed on hockey-reference.com, is -34. He had two goals in the game prior to last night’s (I think).

        Anyway, in a couple of other stories about him recently, I listed his career +/- for each year since 2005. Not doing that again; but, lifetime, he’s a +48 with 267 even-strength goals and 150 PP goals along with 68 game-winning goals. 207 assists ES, 159 assists on the PP. 812 points lifetime in 676 games. No slouch, that Ovechkin.

        The Caps just need to build the right team around him – preferably with a defense.

        Go, Ovie! Congrats on # 50 !!!!!

  3. cadlow - Apr 8, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    50 goals wow.
    He may be the first player in league historty to lead the league in goals and havbe the worst +/- in the league.
    How can you have 50 goals and be a -35?
    Kessel plays harder than this stiff.

    • lowenni - Apr 8, 2014 at 9:16 PM

      Yup, he just accidentaly scored those 50 goals this season and the 810 points in 675 games and without any work. Ha, what a stiff.

    • James O'Brien - Apr 8, 2014 at 9:18 PM

      To be fair to Ovechkin, high-scoring players have had bad plus/minuses before. Brett Hull had 54 goals (and 101 points) and still had a -27 rating in 1992-93. He turned out OK.

      • lowenni - Apr 8, 2014 at 9:54 PM

        Thank you O’Brien! Hull, Selanne, Jagr never got this much criticism for being poor defensively! I can’t believe that him being Russian and the stereotypes that come with Russian hockey players factors into his critics opinions at least a little bit. The guy is one of the greatest goal scorers in history!!! Wayne Gretzky was a minus-25 when he scored **130** points with the Kings in ’94!! 130!! That’s a hell of a lot more than Ovi’s 85 points.

  4. bricktop02 - Apr 8, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Better keep an eye on him in the playoffs. Oh wait the Caps didn’t make the playoffs.

  5. blomfeld - Apr 8, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    PPPPPFFFFFFFFFFTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT !

    What a complete joke eh ? … goof ball Wayne Newton’s performed in more than 30,000 shows in Vegas, yet he’s still a pile of crap ! … same thing with this immature clown … “oh look, me make stick on fire” ! … the bottom line is that Ovechkin is nothing more than a conceited, childish, self-centered ‘floating’ nerd whose only interest is the amassing of personal points … nothing more and nothing less … end.

    • thebigwhitecat - Apr 8, 2014 at 9:47 PM

      I don’t see the Wayne Newton-Ovechkin connection.

      I’m still looking forward to the Hawks-Kings conference final, though, Blomfeld.

      • blomfeld - Apr 8, 2014 at 10:06 PM

        they’re both ‘frauds’ friend, simple as that :)

        anyway, I’ve already had a ‘vision’ as noted here previously … and in my vision I saw us Kings meeting you Blackhawks again in the WCF this year … at the end of my vision there were ‘many’ players celebrating and expressing joy, laughter, happiness and thanks … suffice it to say that those players were ‘not’ dressed in red …

    • rabidbillsfan - Apr 8, 2014 at 10:10 PM

      It’s funny, in all of your time knocking Ovi, YOU may be the best comparison! For every comment you make, amassing your own “Personal Points”, very few are deserving of a “Thumbs up” or a “+”, while the others, like this, are complete garbage (and instead of a “Thumbs down” I’d rather delete your account, but lets stick within the program.)and get a “Thumbs Down” or a “-“. So in reality, A.) you have way more in common with this guy than you think, and B.) your +/- is a heck of a lot worse than his.

  6. bigbadbruins77 - Apr 8, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    Congrats ovi. He’ll go down as one of the great goal scorers. Trust oates. But I’d still take bergeron anyday over him.

  7. dwadholm - Apr 8, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    Rabble Rabble…

  8. dwadholm - Apr 8, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    Rabble Rabble…

  9. muckleflugga - Apr 8, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    nothanksimdriving123

    1983 – 1984 mike bullard

    minus thirty three from fifty one goals as a penguin

    http://www.thehockeynews.com/blog/ovechkin-simply-has-to-commit-more-to-a-two-way-game/

    as i recall he was busted for marijuana possession crossing into canada and was suspended for half a season … all a bit foggy these days

  10. censoredpost - Apr 8, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    +/- is slightly blown out of skew with a guy that puts up half his points on the power play. That being said I would love to see what he could do on a defense first squad.
    Ovi is a +47 career player (not that he plays 2 ways), who has only had 1 other “bad” +/- year at -19 in 06/07 and was a +45 in 09/10. In my opinion, at 28 he is a beast on a team that needs to improve behind him. Keep swinging for the fences Alex.

  11. steeltownpride - Apr 8, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    Goal scoring is a great persons personal stat line . Wake me up when he starts playing and helps his teammates get better . Still no playoff success to name . Still cupless , no Gold around his neck. But he has 50 goals for 5 seasons . That and 2 bucks get you a cup of coffee not the Stanley cup.

  12. orangandblack - Apr 8, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    Which playoff seed does 50 goals come with?

  13. overdrawnagain - Apr 8, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    Blues suck btw. They are 1 and done in the playoffs. They peaked in January.

  14. muckleflugga - Apr 8, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    steeltownpride

    sophistry … all but one team is eliminated in the cup run so all players but those on the cup winners end up as ovechkin has in the moment

    you can include his holiness among many others on the list of players watching cup parades on the evening news … and the game is littered with fifty goal men who’ve never won a cup or gold or the bonanza at thursday night bingo

    ovechkin’s chief sin he’s russian playing in a country that sh its itself every-time russia burps

    and he continues to out-perform the so-called face of hockey night in and night out … i’d pay money to see ovechkin play … i have paid money to see crosby play and was surprised at how ordinary he was when his play was held against expectation borne on the glittering hype

    ovechkin is dynamic and electric … crosby was a floater looking for feeds that never came … ovechkin has style and panache … crosby’s a bore, on the ice and during the plastic orgasm constituting his interviews

    give me ovi every-time … he makes me watch whereas i have to go looking to find crosby

    • Hockeyfan - Apr 9, 2014 at 6:05 AM

      And then can you imagine how great it would be to see Ovi play the whole game, not just when he is set up in his office at the dot? He may be be more thrilling to watch but I would watch Crosby, Toews, Bergeron over him any day as they are much more creative and demonstrate more skill. There is nothing boring about Crosby. The bar is raised for him so what he creates has become expected.
      This is not to say that 50 goals is not some kind of accomplishment but it doesn’t make him a great hockey player. Let’s not forget it is a team sport. Ovi has many individual awards but no cup, no gold.

  15. 11stanleycups - Apr 8, 2014 at 11:20 PM

    Steve Yzerman was not a great hockey player until Scotty Bowman made him a complete hockey player. Ovi needs his Scotty Bowman if he wants to be recognized as more than just a goal scorer.

  16. muckleflugga - Apr 8, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    11stanleycups

    i suspect you’re a red wings man which in my view makes you worthy of saint hood … you are among the blessed in this world and a great privilege and responsibility is yours to bear

    but your argument and the general argument oft-repeated in these boards suggesting greatness is tied to individual two-way play or worse still, to specious claim plus minus ratings have anything but vague statistical importance when held against goal output brings into question the careers of two of the games greatest … and they’re among many others similarly afflicted

    neither guy lafleur nor wayne gretzky were remarkable two-way players … i can’t recall seeing either throw a meaningful body check … but both played on superior teams with balanced play in other areas of the game … both have the rings and silverware to match

    guy lafleuer had a lock-down defence behind him including guy lapointe and larry robinson with a nearly unbeatable ken dryden behind them … it didn’t hurt having bob gainey and yvonne lambert and doug risebrough to run an opponent’s best into the ice …

    wayne gretzky played on one of the more porous teams ever lacing them up but he had andy moog and grant fuhr shoring-up his defence and he had an arsenal of players including glenn anderson and jari kurri and mark messier among others filling the net

    their records and their greatness are unimpeachable … as is steve yzerman’s before and after the arrival of scotty bowman

    it’s a team game … everyone is a winner on a winner and everyone’s a loser on a loser

  17. stunzeed5 - Apr 8, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    100% of the leagues owners would happily have him on their team. 50vechkin!

  18. muckleflugga - Apr 9, 2014 at 12:08 AM

    here’s an excellent discussion on merits of plus minus stats

    copy and paste in browser to remove the underscore placed to beat the list filter

    http://blogs.edmontonjournal.com/2013/05/13/just-how-horse-sh_it-is-the-nhls-official-plus-minus-stat/

  19. letsgocaps88 - Apr 9, 2014 at 1:55 AM

    I really hate the plus minus stat, The downfall is defense to the capitals. Remember that game against dallas. Maybe one bad line change i get it, but they were given 2 on 0 , 2 on 1 back to back. He’s a winger not a Center. GMGM is gone after this year since his contract expires, We get a fresh start. Kolzig was our last franchise goalie and even that he wasn’t the greatest but dave pollie surrounded the sqaud to have alot of success. Congrats to Ovie though with another 50th goal season he joins the ranks of alot of HOFer’s with his goal scoring ability.

  20. cliffatola - Apr 9, 2014 at 3:35 AM

    50 goals but he can’t lead his team to the playoffs, Washington needs to clean house in their front office. Then you have Halak ask out of a start tonight against the Blues, there are a lot of problems with this team. Halak shouldn’t dress again for the Caps ever, if he can’t get motivated to want to beat the team that traded him that is terrible and if you are a captain you call that guy out but not Ovi because he is no team leader.

    • letsgocaps88 - Apr 9, 2014 at 4:08 AM

      Right that’s why i said GMGM is done, maybe adam oates sticks around who knows. Ovie is a leader but it’s a team game. Granted the capitals lost grabo, hillen , etc… during the feb-mar frame. I said prior as a caps fan, i hope they don’t make the playoffs. Team would be suited better.

      • cliffatola - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:15 AM

        Adam Oates thinks the game too much, their defense needs ALOT of help too. I am more of a fan of the sport than I am a Caps fan I just happen to reside in the DC area. In all honesty they need to trade someone in my opinion to shake things up in that locker room, I’d start with Mike Green. Grabovski was a pleasant surprise and it sucked losing him for the Caps but they need help on their blue line and Kolzig messing with the goaltenders and their positioning got into Holtby’ head this year couple that with how bad the D can be at times and it is a recipe for disaster. I agree a missed trip to the playoffs could be a nice wakeup call too.

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