After scoring against the Kraken, Alex Ovechkin scored against all active NHL teams… again
Alex Ovechkin has scored so many goals in his 17-year National Hockey League career that many of his accomplishments are mind-boggling.
For example, Alex Ovechkin’s third period goal on Sunday against the Seattle Kraken was the 745th of his career.
After passing Marcel Dionne and Brett Hull earlier in the season, Ovechkin only trails Jaromir Jagr (766), Gordie Howe (801) and Wayne Gretzky (894) on the all-time goals list. It’s hard to deal with.
Then there’s the other thing the goal accomplished. The Kraken tally has given Ovi the unique distinction of scoring against all active NHL teams. The NHL has created this sophisticated graphic so that it may really interest you.
The graph shows us that Ovechkin absolutely dominated the Tampa Bay Lightning (49 goals in 74 games), the Winnipeg Jets / Atlanta Thrashers (48g in 67 games), the Toronto Maple Leafs (41g in 50 games), the St. Louis Blues (18g in 20 games), the Detroit Red Wings (20 goals in 29 games) and the Minnesota Wild (17 goals in 17 games) throughout his career. He’s even scored three times against the other recent expansion team, the Vegas Golden Knights.
– NHL (@NHL) 22 November 2021
Reddit Hockey commentator Baboshinu said Ovechkin “scored on 17 different teams when he first met them.”
The pursuit of goals and a normal offseason for training clearly reinvigorated Ovechkin.
Score 2 goals and 1 assist to help the @Capitals Towards a 4-0 victory over the Sharks on Saturday night, ageless wonder Alex Ovechkin now has 14 goals and 15 assists in 18 games. This ties him to 2nd place on this legendary list of sensational veterans starting a season. pic.twitter.com/IfHn68k2h1
– StatsCentre (@StatsCentre) November 21, 2021
It’s a lot of fun to watch.
Ovechkin’s season so far from a box scoring perspective is a bit crazy. He is Jagr’ing the model so to speak. He throws fewer hits and blocks fewer shots, but has 17 more points until yesterday than expected (from our Fantasy Projections page) .https: //t.co/bE6Wyvc9AA pic.twitter.com/qlMElAjQ1T
– EvolvingWild (@EvolvingWild) 23 November 2021
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