It’s safe to say that Alex Ovechkin has had a pretty great 2018 calendar year. So far, he’s won a Stanley Cup, received the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the 2018 playoffs, welcomed his first child into the world and now, he’s regained his title as the most lethal sniper in the NHL.
After scoring a goal in a 4-3 shootout victory for the Washington Capitals over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night. The 33-year-old has extended his point streak to a career high 14 games according to NHL.com. The Capitals captain has notched a whopping 17 goals and six assists throughout this streak according to ESPN.
The Russian native has lit the lamp numerous times the past few games as he recorded back-to-back hat tricks in both a 6-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday and a 6-5 shootout victory against the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday.
Ovechkin’s recent flurry of goals has opened the floodgates as he now leads the league with 29 tallies. The only other player close to him is Patrik Laine of the Winnipeg Jets with 23. In addition, Ovechkin is also in a tie for fourth in the NHL in power play goals with eight.
On top of that, Ovechkin’s 29 goals is the most he’s ever scored through the first 32 games of a season according to Hockey Reference.
The left winger has also climbed up the points leader board as well as he is currently tied for fifth best in the league with 43.
Team wise, Ovechkin’s Capitals have been on a tear as of late going 8-2-0 in their last 10 games and are currently on a five-game winning streak. At the moment, the Capitals are atop the Metropolitan Division with a 20-9-3 record. Their 43 points is tied for seventh best in the NHL.
At the moment, Ovechkin sits at fifteenth best on the all-time goals list with 636 and right behind Dave Andreychuk at fourteenth with 640 according to Hockey Reference. With Ovechkin on pace for a career high in goals and still only in his early 30’s. The thought of him finding twine 260 more times in his career to pass Wayne Gretzky for greatest goal scorer in NHL history doesn’t sound like an extreme hypothesis.
After all, Ovechkin isn’t just the only player to win the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy more than three times. He’s won it on an astounding seven different occasions according to NHL.com. Once his career is over, the NHL might as well rename the award as the Alex “Rocket” Ovechkin Trophy.