Washington Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin has broken many records this season, but next season he may conquer more serious heights, surpassing the legendary Wayne Gretzky. About this – in the material “RBC Sport”
Alexander Ovechkin (Photo: AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
What records did Ovechkin break this season?
Russian forward “Washington” Alexander Ovechkin ended the season on Saturday night after losing to “Florida” in the sixth game of the first round of the playoffs. The Russian, at 36, had one of the best seasons of his career.
At the start of the regular season, Ovechkin broke Washington’s record for the number of points scored in the first 20 games of the season – 33. He then repeated the club record of scoring 40 points in the fewest games (26), which was set in 1981 by Dennis Maruku (1981). Previously, the Russian reached this mark no earlier than game 28 (2009/10).
In the next game, the Washington captain broke the club record for points in the opening 27 games of the season. The previous achievement was also by Dennis Maruk (41 points in the first 27 games of the 1981/82 season).
The Russian could surpass another achievement of Maruk, for the number of points in 30 games. But he stopped walking. He scored 47 points in 30 regular season games. In the history of “Washington”, only Maruk (1981/82) managed to reach the 48-point mark during this period.
Soon, the best NHL scorer of the last 15 years broke the record for goals in his career against the Winnipeg Jets, who in 1999-2011 were based in the American Georgia and called the Atlanta Thrashers. In January he scored his goal number 50. No one else scored against Winnipeg/Atlanta.
The record holder for goals against franchises debuting since the 1979/80 season (he became the first after the expansion of the league through the acquisition of the World Hockey Association) is Canadian Wayne Gretzky. The legendary hockey player scored 79 goals against the Winnipeg Jets (legally has nothing to do with the current team of the same name – RBC) Phoenix Coyotes / Arizona Coyotes.
And in the first few games of the playoffs, Ovechkin set a league record for the number of power moves in the Stanley Cup. He surpassed the achievement of his former teammate Brooks Orpik (611 hits), who retired in 2019.
Additionally, the “Washington” captain repeated Gordie Howe and Teemu Selanne’s achievement in performance among NHL players 36 and older. He became the third player in NHL history who, in the 36+ age category, was able to score at least ten goals and provide at least ten assists in a calendar month.
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In the second half of the season, he became the best European scorer in NHL history. This title belonged to Jaromir Jagr for a long time (766).
But the most significant thing about this season was the record number of goals in most. That’s what the NHL takes into account in its record book. This achievement has belonged to Dave Andreichuk since 2006 (274). The record fell on January 1 in Detroit.
“This is a great moment for me, for the team and the fans, and for the game itself. But now the height is taken, and we have to move on. Although, of course, this is a great achievement, because there are many great players on this list. It’s good to be the first,” Ovechkin said.
Ovechkin is not the first time he has conquered the NHL’s elite record.
What significant records has Ovechkin already broken?
What other records can Ovechkin break?
Recently, the hockey community has been actively interested in only one question: can Ovechkin break the NHL’s sniper record? Owned by Wayne Gretzky (894). Ten years ago, this obstacle seemed insurmountable. Nobody even thought about it.
But now many unanimously say that Ovechkin will break the record. Gretzky himself is sure of this. “It is not even a doubt that it will happen to me. And I think he’s great,” said the Canadian. “There is no doubt that he will eventually break the record.”
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The Russian is the only active hockey player who can surpass Gretzky’s achievement. At the moment, Ovechkin has 780 goals. The Washington captain is the third-best scorer in history, 21 goals behind second-placed Gordie Howe.
It will likely take three more seasons for Ovechkin to win the NHL top scorer title, while he is likely to overtake Howe in 2022. Next season, the “Washington” captain may also surpass a number of Gretzky’s achievements , and not only.
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