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Sport Ovechkin is on pace to be the most dominant 34-year-old of all-time

11:41  07 february  2020
11:41  07 february  2020 Source:   nbcsports.com

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In his sixth NHL season, all with the Panthers, Barkov has 399 points (151 goals, 248 assists) in 463 career games. He led the Panthers in scoring last season with 96 points (35 goals, 61 assists), and set a franchise record with five Ovechkin is on pace to be the most dominant 34 - year - old of all - time .

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Alex Ovechkin continues to amaze with his goal-scoring prowess and now sits just two goals shy of being the eighth player in NHL history to score 700 goals. It is easy to take for granted what Ovechkin is doing, but you shouldn't especially when you consider he is 34 years old.

This year, a new chapter to the Ovechkin narrative is being written and that chapter is how incredible he is playing for his age.

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In his 15th NHL season, Alex Ovechkin is still doing things for the first time — and he is making it With the Capitals trailing by one late in the third period, the 34 - year - old captain rattled off three The last player to score three or more goals in the final seven minutes of a regular season game was the

A dominant seven-game stretch that included three hat tricks and 14 goals overall has now pushed Ovechkin past four all - timers His status as the greatest goal-scorer of his generation is already cemented, and the case for him being the greatest sniper of all time is plenty strong already as well.

Getting 700 goals is not just a life-time achievement award Ovechkin is getting thanks to previously great seasons, Ovechkin is surging to 700 goals because, when it is all said and done, he is having the greatest season ever for a 34-year-old in terms of goals.

Per Hockey Reference, Frank Mahovlich currently holds the record for the most goals scored in a season by a player 34 years old or in a season in which he would turn 34 years old with 43. He  did it with the Montreal Canadiens in 1971-72.

Ovechkin already has 40. It's February. He is currently on pace for 61.

Let that sink in.

No one in the history of the NHL at 34 years old has scored more than 43 goals in a season. Ovechkin is on pace for 61.

OVECHKIN'S LATEST HAT TRICK

Here are the goal totals for some of the most dominant goal scorers in history from when they were 34:

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The 34 - year - old is the oldest NHL player with four hat tricks in a season. It's the ninth time Ovechkin is the first player to score 40 goals. The only other NHL players who All NHL team jerseys customized with NHL players' names and numbers are officially licensed by the NHL and the NHLPA.

The 34 - year - old native of Moscow, Russia, appreciates that he's on the verge of entering rarified air. I did not believe he would be so dominant . He's had some period of time when I thought he would be slowly Ovechkin is on pace to go from 600 to 700 goals in 154 games, which would be

Gordie Howe: 38 (1962-63)

Maurice "Rocket" Richard: 38 (1955-56)

Luc Robitaille: 37 (2000-01)

Marcel Dionne: 36 (1985-86)

Steve Yzerman: 35 (1999-00)

Phil Esposito: 34 (1976-77)

Mike Gartner: 34 (1993-94)

Joe Sakic: 33 (2003-04)

Brett Hull: 32 (1998-99)

Jarome Iginla: 32 (2011-12)

Sergei Fedorov: 31 (2003-04)

Peter Bondra: 30 (2002-03)

Jaromir Jagr: 30 (2006-07)

Wayne Gretzky: 11 (1994-95, season shortened to just 48 games due to a lockout)

OVECHKIN TWO AWAY FROM 700

If you want to know why it is starting to become believable that Ovechkin could catch Gretzky's goal record, it is because of how dominant he remains at his age. If he continues on this pace, it will be the most goals scored by any player 34 years or older ever. Johnny Bucyk currently holds that record with 51 goals when he was 35 in 1970-71. He is the only player 34 or older to ever score 50. Ovechkin is currently on pace to shatter that.

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