Alex Ovechkin just notched his 40th and 41st goals of the season in Atlanta tonight, making him the fifth player to hit the 40 mark this season.
While around a dozen players are on pace for 40 this season, only Vincent Lecavalier and Dany Heatley are currently headed for 50 — and Lecavalier's four-goal lead may be enough for him to claim the Maurice Richard Trophy a month from now.
Thirty-six year old Teemu Selanne is one of the quintet of 40 goalers so far, and last night he became the first player over 35 to record back-to-back 40-goal seasons. Selanne's hit that mark seven times in his career — the most among active players.
Wayne Gretzky holds the record for most 40-goal seasons in a career, with 12.