Photo Courtesy of the Boston Herald
Alex Ovechkin scores his 600th goal and cements himself as the best goal scorer of this generation.
By Chris Yackel
Coming into last night’s matchup against the Winnipeg Jets, Alex Ovechkin was sitting on 598 goals in his legendary career. In the first period he scored goal 599 and in the second period he made history. Ovechkin became the 20th player in NHL history to ever score 600 career goals. After a down year last season with only 33 goals, Ovechkin has proved the doubters wrong that he is not slowing down or aging.
He currently has 42 goals and is on pace for his EIGHTH 50 plus goal season. The numbers are truly astonishing when you look at it. This milestone has only cemented the fact that Ovechkin is the greatest goal scorer of this generation. However, when its all said and done he is on track to not only be the greatest of our generation, but of all time.
“The Great 8” has plenty of work to do, in order to surpass “The Great One” Wayne Gretzky’s 894 career goals, but there is a chance that he could get there. Even if he doesn’t, at this rate he will at the very least be in the top 5 all time in goal scoring. Many in the league want to be a goal scorer like Alex Ovechkin, but he simply has a gift and is a natural at it.
The biggest coincidence from last night was there was a player on the Winnipeg Jets that also seems to have that natural God given goal scoring ability. That man is Patrick Laine who saw his boyhood idol achieve the milestone. Laine is the closest player we have seen to Ovechkin as he models his game after his idol. Laine also had a goal of his own last night and is currently chasing Ovechkin for the Maurice Richard Trophy as the NHL’s top goal scorer. Laine currently has 41 goals and is one behind “The Great 8”.
Laine being on the ice to witness Ovechkin’s achievement last night is something years from now we may look back and simply say wow. Right now though it seems like Ovechkin vs. Laine is goal scoring’s present vs. goal scoring’s future. For now, Ovechkin holds the mantle as the league’s best goal scorer, but Laine represents the future and very soon if not this season, he could take that mantle away.
“The Great 8” though won’t give it up without a fight. Ovechkin’s 600th last night proves that he has scored plenty of goals and will continue to score plenty of goals. He simply is the greatest goal scorer of this century.
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