7 - Number of times Alex Ovechkin has led the League in goals, the most recent of which (his 49 goals in the recently concluded 2017-18 campaign) earned him his third trip to Vegas in the last month, this time to pick up the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy tonight at the NHL Awards.
Here’s more on Ovechkin’s regular-season goal-scoring achievements, via the NHL:
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).
Alex Ovechkin goes to Vegas, wins significant silver. That’s soooo two weeks ago...