With his 600th goal, Ovechkin proves that it has its place with Richard, Gretzky, and Lemieux

Avec son 600e but, Ovechkin prouve qu’il a sa place auprès des Richard, Gretzky et Lemieux

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Yesterday evening, the left-winger Alex Ovechkin donned his 600th career goal in his 990e part, a feat of mind-boggling, especially when one considers the time in which it evolves. Explanations.

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It is always difficult to compare eras. So many factors contribute to distorsionner the analyses that we can try to shoot.

Changes in the regulation, the advanced technological level of equipment, number of players due to the popularity of the sport in general in a given location and the organization of the professional practice of sport, are all factors that make it impossible to play the game of comparisons between, for example, Aurèle Joliat and Jonathan Drouin.

What we do know, however, at the factual level, it is the incredible number 8 in the Capitals became the fourth player in NHL history to reach this plateau before having played 1000 games.

The others are Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Brett Hull, three players who have terrorized the goalkeepers of the opposing during the 1980s.

One could argue that the first two really are in a class of their own, since they have reached the magic 600 goals in a lot less meetings than the spectacular Russian.

Indeed, The Wonder only took 718 the parties to get there, while Mario the magnificent has done in 719 meetings.

However, we should not ignore the fact that these legends have evolved at a time when he was scoring a lot more goals than nowadays.


Checks are made, at the time of Gretzky (1979-80 to 1998-99), are 3.5 goals, which were scored on average per team per match.

In the case of Lemieux (1984-85 to 2005-06, less than 4 seasons missed), 3,31 goals that a team scored per game.

For Brett Hull, 1986-87 to 2005-06), this figure drops to 3.12 goals per team per game.

Towards the end of their careers, while they were less productive, Lemieux and Hull have had to cross the desert of the Dead Puck Era, an era where the defensive play reigned.

The majority of their nets career-were counted at the end of the years 80 and early years 90, when the average of goals scored per team per game flirtait with 4.00.

And it is here that one can grasp the full scope of the feat performed by Alex Ovechkin.

His arrival in the NHL (2005-06) to today, the teams have scored an average of 2.82 goals per game, that is to say almost one less than in the time of Gretzky, Lemieux and Hull.

Succeed 600 goals in so little time, in such circumstances, it is almost like science fiction.

To show you how what Ovechkin has done boggles the mind, know that the second player to have scored more often during the same period (2005-06 to 2017-18) is Sidney Crosby… with 405 nets.

It is almost 200 less!

Avec son 600e but, Ovechkin prouve qu’il a sa place auprès des Richard, Gretzky et Lemieux

Among the great

Critics of the player’s franchise in Washington will soon emphasize that it has ever accomplished the feat supreme for a gunslinger: score 50 goals in 50 games, as the had done for the first time Maurice Richard in 1944-45.

In fact, only five players have managed this feat in the history of the league.

They are: Maurice Richard (1944-45), Mike Bossy (1980-81), Wayne Gretzky (3 times), Mario Lemieux (1988-89) and Brett Hull (twice, the last in 1991-92).

Therefore, it’s been almost 30 years that no one has been able to blink the red light 50 times in 50 games.

At the age of 32, it is unlikely that Ovechkin adds his name to this list by the end of his career. Not for lack of talent, but simply, as shown earlier, because he scored fewer goals in 2018, in 1981, 1984 or 1991.

Even in the time of the Rocket, it marked almost one more per game (3,68).

For all these reasons, Alex Ovechkin should be part of the discussion when it comes to the best scorer of all time, in the same way that Gretzky, Lemieux and Richard.

Besides, if he continues at this pace, Ovechkin could win a seventh trophy Maurice Richard at the end of the season, and of course this is a record…