Ovechkin joins the all-time greats
Without question, the post I get asked the most about is one I put together in early February on Alex Ovechkin chasing the top goal-scoring seasons of all time.
Everyone wants an update.
For that, I talked with Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau, HNIC analyst Kelly Hrudey and a few others for a piece in Saturday's paper: Ovechkin's campaign for the ages.
And here's an updated look at the adjusted goals table and where Ovechkin's 65 (and counting) fits in. It hasn't changed all that much, although goal scoring has decreased a little from where it was two months ago, Ovechkin's pace has slowed a bit and I've adjusted things based on how many games were played in the seasons these marks were hit:
Boudreau was a real joy to talk to, the kind of honest, quotable guy reporters love to chat with:
"Sometimes when you're right on top of the situation, you don't realize how many goals Alex really has," Boudreau said. "You know what I mean? You see it every day so it's not a big surprise. But when you sit back and think, in today's era, where every game he plays, every shift he takes, the other team's top defensive pairing and top defensive line is against him, and in every game, the other teams are talking about focusing on checking Alex Ovechkin. And then he'll go out and look what he's done — quite amazing."It really is.
I'll try and get a transcript of the Boudreau interview up on Globe on Hockey here shortly.