Alex Ovechkin. The Great Eight. Elite goal-scorer. Now he and his team are going for the highest accomplishment to achieve in hockey: Win the Stanley Cup.
Ovechkin wrapped up his seventh season out of 11 with 50 or more goals. Only two other players have achieved that: Wayne Gretzky and Mike Bossy each have nine seasons. He also grabbed his seventh Rocket Richard Trophy(fourth in a row) as the leagues top goal scorer and will be up for the Hart Trophy as leagues most valuable player and the Ted Lindsay Award for most outstanding player in the league according to the players.
The last five games of the 2015-16 season saw Alex Ovechkin with 44 goals. The chances of him achieving 50 were getting more and more difficult. Playing Colorado in Denver, Ovechkin scored his 45th goal as the team racked up three goals in the second and the Caps won 4-2 to set the record for most wins in a regular season in franchise history. The next three games saw Ovy only score twice against the Islanders and the Caps were on a losing streak. Stuck on 47 goals with just two games remaining, Ovechkin took control in St. Louis and delivered a hat trick to secure another 50 goal season.
This season was a record breaking season for Ovi. Among his many accomplishments:
- In October he reached a new milestone recording his 900th NHL point, the first in Caps franchise history and the second-fastest active player to hit the mark by doing so in 764 games;
- And then in November he surpassed Sergei Fedorov as the highest goal-scoring Russian with his 484th NHL goal, while playing his 800th game.
- In January he became the fifth fastest player to reach 500 goals and one of 43 NHL players to achieve such a statistic;
- Finally, in February became the third player in NHL history to record 30 or more goals in each of his first 11 NHL seasons;
He brings energy and fire-power to an already talented roster that includes Nicklas Backstrom, TJ Oshie, Jason Chimera, John Carlson, and Matt Niskanen. The list of names is endless. His passion for the game, along with his skill set, is one of the many reasons this team is in for a long playoff run. He’s a total team player. When asked about becoming the all-time Capital leader in playoff points, he said “Who cares?” His main goal and that of the team is winning a Stanley Cup for the city they call home. Here’s hoping Ovi leads them all the way to finally hoisting the Cup!!