Monday, March 12, 2007

Chasing 40

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.



At 10:22 a.m., March 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ovechkin's only 21, right? If he maintains his torrid goal-scoring pace for another 11 more seasons (gulp), he breaks Gretzky's record. Wouldn't surprise me if he did. He probably has a shot at another
record : most 50-goal seasons (9), held by Bossy and Gretzky. Geez, if only Bossy had stayed healthy...


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