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A look at far and away the greatest goal scorer of this generation

NHL: Nashville Predators at Washington Capitals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

5 - Number of goals by which Alex Ovechkin won his seventh Richard Trophy as the League’s top goal-scorer, with Ovechkin’s 49 tallies a solid 11.4% more than Patrik Laine’s second-place 44. This marks the sixth time he has finished with more than ten percent more goals than the runner-up (two years ago’s 50-46 win was Ovechkin’s narrowest, percentage-wise, at “just” 8.7%; and, since you’re curious, his 65-52 win in 2007-08 was his biggest blowout in both raw goals scored and percentage).

Since entering the League, Ovechkin has scored nearly 50 percent more regular-season goals than any other player - 607 to Sidney Crosby’s second-place 411, giving Ovi 47.7% more than Sid.

The NHL’s press release on the Richard Trophy win has more:

Ovechkin scored a League-high 49 goals in 82 games, finishing ahead of Winnipeg Jets right wing Patrik Laine (44 in 82 GP) and Vegas Golden Knights center William Karlsson (43 in 82 GP) for his seventh career Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy (also 2007-08, 2008-09, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16). He became the second player in NHL history to finish atop the League’s goal-scoring race seven times, joining Bobby Hull (also 7x, all w/ CHI). At 32 years, 203 days, Ovechkin also became the oldest player to win the NHL’s goal-scoring title since Phil Esposito in 1974-75 (33 years, 45 days w/ BOS). Ovechkin recorded his 600th NHL goal March 12, requiring the fourth-fewest games to reach the milestone (990). His career average of 0.61 goals per game (607 in 1,003 GP) ranks fourth in League history (minimum 400 GP), behind only Mike Bossy (0.76), Mario Lemieux (0.75) and Pavel Bure (0.62).