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.