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Since entering the NHL in 2005-06, Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin has won the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the league’s leading goal-scorer six times, including his fourth consecutive win last season. Tonight, he tied the trophy’s namesake on the all-time goals-scored list.
With his 19th goal of the season tonight against the Montreal Canadiens, Ovechkin has tied, ironically, Canadiens legend Maurice Richard on the all-time goals-scored list with 544 career goals.
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Ovechkin has built his Hall of Fame-caliber career on lighting the lamp and The Rocket himself did the same. Richard became the first player in NHL history to score 50 goals in a single season, when he scored 50 in the 1944-45 season. For the rest of his career, Richard never scored 50 goals again, despite coming close with a few 40+ goal seasons. He would finish his career with 544 goals.
Ovechkin reached the 500-goal club last season, and now has 544 goals in 11 seasons in the NHL and at 31-years old, is nowhere near finished. He now ranks 29th on the all-time goals list along with Richard. With over 40 games left in the season, he will be even higher come April. NoVa Caps congratulates Alex on yet another historical accomplishment.
By Michael Fleetwood