Friday, March 21, 2008

Ovechkin hits 60

It's been more than 12 years since anyone's turned the trick, but Alex Ovechkin potted two goals tonight to hit the 60-goal plateau for the first time in his career.

More importantly for his team, however, the Capitals came from behind to score four consecutive third-period goals and pick up a much needed 5-3 win over Atlanta.

Ovechkin's now got 60 goals in 76 games played. Tonight, he had two goals, two assists, was plus-4 and had nine shots on goal, putting up the sort of incredible individual performance that fans have come to expect from him. He's on pace for about 65 goals at this point, which stacks up pretty well historically against some of the best seasons of all time.

The real question, now that he's hit 60, is can he get Washington into the playoffs? Buffalo lost tonight, but the Flyers won, and did so in one of those pesky three-point games with the Rangers.

The Capitals are going to likely need 10 points out of their last six games to have a chance at the final playoff spot, despite the fact they're only now one back of struggling Boston. Washington has played more games than every other Eastern Conference bubble team and don't have a single matchup with the teams they can catch in the Flyers and Bruins.

Sportsclubstats.com says it remains unlikely they'll do it, somewhere just under 30 per cent, but with an easy schedule down the stretch, it's really up to them.

Win and you're in.


The 38 all-time 60-goal seasons
1. Wayne Gretzky: 1982 Edmonton: GP: 80, G: 92 Career Goals: 894
2. Wayne Gretzky : 1984 Edmonton: GP: 74, G: 87 Career Goals: 894
3. Brett Hull : 1991 St. Louis: GP: 78, G: 86 Career Goals: 741
4. Mario Lemieux : 1989 Pittsburgh: GP: 76, G: 85 Career Goals: 690
5. Phil Esposito : 1971 Boston: GP: 78, G: 76 Career Goals: 717
6. Teemu Selanne : 1993 Winnipeg: GP: 84, G: 76 Career Goals: 548*
7. Alexander Mogilny : 1993 Buffalo: GP: 77, G: 76 Career Goals: 473
8. Wayne Gretzky : 1985 Edmonton: GP: 80, G: 73 Career Goals: 894
9. Brett Hull : 1990 St. Louis: GP: 80, G: 72 Career Goals: 741
10. Wayne Gretzky : 1983 Edmonton: GP: 80, G: 71 Career Goals: 894
11. Jari Kurri : 1985 Edmonton: GP: 73, G: 71 Career Goals: 601
12. Mario Lemieux : 1988 Pittsburgh: GP: 77, G: 70 Career Goals: 690
13. Bernie Nicholls : 1989 Los Angeles: GP: 79, G: 70 Career Goals: 475
14. Brett Hull : 1992 St. Louis: GP: 73, G: 70 Career Goals: 741
15. Mike Bossy : 1979 N.Y. Islanders: GP: 80, G: 69 Career Goals: 573
16. Mario Lemieux : 1993 Pittsburgh: GP: 60, G: 69 Career Goals: 690
17. Mario Lemieux : 1996 Pittsburgh: GP: 70, G: 69 Career Goals: 690
18. Phil Esposito : 1974 Boston: GP: 78, G: 68 Career Goals: 717
19. Mike Bossy : 1981 N.Y. Islanders: GP: 79, G: 68 Career Goals: 573
20. Jari Kurri : 1986 Edmonton: GP: 78, G: 68 Career Goals: 601
21. Phil Esposito : 1972 Boston: GP: 76, G: 66 Career Goals: 717
22. Lanny McDonald : 1983 Calgary: GP: 80, G: 66 Career Goals: 500
23. Steve Yzerman : 1989 Detroit: GP: 80, G: 65 Career Goals: 692
24. Mike Bossy : 1982 N.Y. Islanders: GP: 80, G: 64 Career Goals: 573
25. Luc Robitaille : 1993 Los Angeles: GP: 84, G: 63 Career Goals: 668
26. Wayne Gretzky : 1987 Edmonton: GP: 79, G: 62 Career Goals: 894
27. Steve Yzerman : 1990 Detroit: GP: 79, G: 62 Career Goals: 692
28. Jaromir Jagr : 1996 Pittsburgh: GP: 82, G: 62 Career Goals: 640*
29. Phil Esposito : 1975 Boston: GP: 79, G: 61 Career Goals: 717
30. Reggie Leach : 1976 Philadelphia: GP: 80, G: 61 Career Goals: 381
31. Mike Bossy : 1986 N.Y. Islanders: GP: 80, G: 61 Career Goals: 573
32. Steve Shutt : 1977 Montreal: GP: 80, G: 60 Career Goals: 424
33. Guy Lafleur : 1978 Montreal: GP: 78, G: 60 Career Goals: 560
34. Dennis Maruk : 1982 Washington: GP: 80, G: 60 Career Goals: 356
35. Mike Bossy : 1983 N.Y. Islanders: GP: 79, G: 60 Career Goals: 573
36. Pavel Bure : 1993 Vancouver: GP: 83, G: 60 Career Goals: 437
37. Pavel Bure : 1994 Vancouver: GP: 76, G: 60 Career Goals: 437
38. Alex Ovechkin: 2008 Washington: GP: 76, G: 60 Career Goals: 158*

Ovechkin is just the 19th different player in NHL history to hit the 60-goal mark, and with one more goal will break the 26-year-old franchise mark held by Dennis Maruk.

How high can he go?
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5 Comments:

At 11:18 PM, March 21, 2008, Blogger JP said...

The next major milestone, in my opinion, is Luc Robitaille's record for goals by a left wing (63), which, if he ties that mark, will have the added bonus of being more goals than Jaromir Jagr ever scored in a season.

 
At 12:11 AM, March 22, 2008, Blogger Master of the Obvious said...

This isn't exactly the focus of the post so I don't know why I'm mentioning this but the list has one small aspect off about it. Jaromir Jagr is listed as having 591 career goals, but eclipsed the 600 goal plateau last year and currently is sitting somewhere around 639.

*shrug* I know that was pointless but uh solid Ovie related stuff regardless. As always hats off Dr. Mirtle Blogologist

 
At 1:43 AM, March 22, 2008, Anonymous Selanne said...

Same with Selanne. He broke 500 goals last year in a loss against Colorado.

 
At 8:56 AM, March 22, 2008, Anonymous Novaron said...

I do not think the Caps remaining schedule is easy. perhaps the two games against the Lightning might be considered easy, by the Hurricanes and Panthers are still very much playing for the playoffs and both have winning records against the Caps this year. I would think the Caps might have a chance to qualify for the playoffs if they win 5 or go 5-0-1 or 4-0-2. of course if Ovechkin goals on a goal scoring tear that will help.

 
At 8:26 PM, March 22, 2008, Blogger usually frustrated caps fan said...

Nothing to really add here except each and everyone of Ovechkin's minutes on the ice are great fun to watch. That said I don't really like the Ovechcam idea at all. LETS GO CAPS!!!!

 

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