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The Noon Countdown: Taking the Long Way

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A look at a lengthy drought - with an excellent end result - for one of the greatest goal-scorers in NHL history

2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Five Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

2 – Number of days remaining until the reigning Stanley Cup champs kick off their 2018-19 season. But it’s also...

...the number of times Alex Ovechkin has scored at least ten goals in a single postseason run. He accomplished the feat nine years apart, scoring 11 goals in 14 games in 2009, and then scoring 15 goals in 24 games in the Caps’ march to the Cup last spring.

It is the longest drought between postseasons of ten or more goals since Rod Brind’Amour’s own nine-year gap separating his 13 playoff goals with Philadelphia in 1997 and 12 goals with the Cup-winning Hurricanes in 2006.