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Sport Alex Ovechkin will be the next member of the 700-goal club. He could be the last.

18:25  07 february  2020
18:25  07 february  2020 Source:   washingtonpost.com

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

  Ovechkin is on pace to be the most dominant 34-year-old of all-time How amazing has Alex Ovechkin's season been? It is about to be the greatest season ever for a 34-year old.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.

The NHL 700 - goal club is ready to welcome Alex Ovechkin with open arms. Ovechkin heads into the Capitals' game against the Los Angeles Kings at Capital One Arena on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSWA, FS-W, NHL.TV) with 695 The consensus is that 700 will be just a pitstop for Ovechkin .

With 700 goals up next , it’s worth an analysis of how Ovechkin has done this and is still doing this: size, shot, skill, will and all the rest. But consider the following, too: When the Capitals next play, Saturday night against Philadelphia, Alex Ovechkin will be skating down the left wing.

Alex Ovechkin is two goals shy of joining Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe, Jaromir Jagr, Brett Hull, Marcel Dionne, Phil Esposito and Mike Gartner as the only players in NHL history to score 700 goals in their NHL careers. Ovechkin likely will hit the mark in fewer than 1,200 games, with a chance to become the second-fastest in NHL history to reach the coveted milestone. Gretzky (886 games) and Hull (1,157 games) are the only players to reach it in fewer than 1,200 games. Ovechkin also will be the second-youngest, behind only Gretzky.

a hockey game in the snow: Alex Ovechkin is on the verge of becoming the eighth player in NHL history to score 700 career goals. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)© Alex Brandon/AP Alex Ovechkin is on the verge of becoming the eighth player in NHL history to score 700 career goals. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Gretzky: 'No question in my mind' Ovechkin can break goal record

  Gretzky: 'No question in my mind' Ovechkin can break goal record Wayne Gretzky is keeping a close eye on Alex Ovechkin as he climbs the all-time goals list. "I'm a big believer that records are made to be broken," Gretzky told NHL.com's Tom Gulitti on Friday. "What I accomplished, I'm very proud of. It's hard to do what I did, and it's really hard to do what he's doing now. But there's no question in my mind that he has a legitimate chance of doing it." Ovechkin, who tied Steve Yzerman for ninth in league history by scoring goal No. 692 just before the All-Star break, is now 202 tallies shy of reaching Gretzky's mark of 894.

With the Capitals trailing by one late in the third period, the 34-year-old captain rattled off three straight goals during an awe-inducing span of 4 minutes 24 seconds for his fourth hat trick of the season, a career best. Three of the hat tricks have come in Ovechkin ’s past six games, and he is now on pace

With 14 goals in his last seven games, he ’s closer to becoming the eighth player in an elusive NHL club Ovechkin ’s career-best recent flurry has pushed him to 40 goals on the season and back into the And No. 700 could come as early as Saturday against the Philadelphia Flyers, which would be

We usually see a new member of the 700 club every four to seven years — it’s been six years since Jagr got No. 700 and before him there was an 11-year drought — but it could be a very long time before we see another. The active player with next-most goals is the San Jose Sharks’ Patrick Marleau, who has 561 but also is 40 years old, and the league’s top young scorers haven’t had anything close to the start Ovechkin had to his career.

Consider how strong of a start Ovechkin had to his career. The Great Eight tallied 163 goals during his first three years in the NHL, the most among active players and 44 more goals at that point of their career than Steven Stamkos, who is second. The rest of the league’s scoring leaders pale in comparison. In this sixth season, David Pastrnak, the 23-year-old contender for the Rocket Richard trophy this year, awarded to the league’s top goal scorer, has 170 career goals, and at least 34 goals in each of the past four seasons. Auston Matthews, who doesn’t turn 23 until September, has 150 career goals, tallying at least 34 or more goals in each of his four NHL seasons. MVP candidate Nathan MacKinnon (24 years old) has flourished over the past three seasons and now has 185 career goals in his seventh NHL season. Ovechkin, by comparison, had 339 career goals by the end of 2011-12, his seventh year in the league.

Ovechkin closes in on 700 as Capitals host Penguins

  Ovechkin closes in on 700 as Capitals host Penguins The Pittsburgh Penguins come to Washington for their first meeting of the season with the Capitals on Sunday afternoon. Alex Ovechkin continues to be the story for the Capitals. He scored twice more in Friday's 5-3 victory in Ottawa. Ovechkin now has posted 11 goals in the past five games -- which included back-to-back hat tricks against the New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders.The 34-year-old scored goals No. 694 and 695 of his long career Friday and jumped past Mark Messier (694) into eighth place on the NHL's all-time list for goals scored.

Alex Ovechkin recorded his 27th career hat trick and raised his career goal total to 698 during a five-minute stretch of the third period, rallying the And No. 700 could come as early as Saturday against the Philadelphia Flyers, which would be fine by him — he 'd prefer to reach the milestone sooner

The question for the Capitals, the only team Ovechkin has played for during his 15-year NHL career: How do you properly honor a historic achievement for a player who seems to reach a new milestone every few months? Last time out: Alex Ovechkin ’s dazzling hat trick sparks Capitals past Devils.

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And 23-year-old Connor McDavid, a former MVP and two-time points leader, has scored 41 goals each of the past two seasons and could be on his way to a third with 30 goals so far this season, but that still gives him 158 career goals in his fifth season. Winnipeg Jets forward Patrik Laine, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 draft, started off strong with 36 goals as a rookie and 44 goals in his sophomore season, but his next season saw a dip to 30 goals and he has just 20 so far in his fourth season for 130 career goals. In other words, the NHL’s best and brightest are all far behind the pace to join the 700-goal club.

To help determine the likelihood a player could join Ovechkin in the 700-goal club, we are going to rely on the favorite toy, a formula created by Bill James that calculates the probability a player achieves a career statistical goal that uses a three-year weighted average to determine a player’s future production. By this method, Stamkos, a two-time Rocket Richard winner who turned 30 years old in February, has the best chance at reaching the 700-goal mark (43 percent), followed by Pastrnak (40 percent), Matthews (37 percent) and MacKinnon (32 percent). McDavid, arguably the best player in the NHL, has a 28-percent chance. Those are decent odds for any player under 25 years old yet they are still low compared to Ovechkin at that same age. For example, Ovechkin, at 23 years old, finished the 2008-09 campaign with a weighted three-year average of 57 goals scored and 219 career goals by that point, giving him a 76-percent chance of reaching the 700-goal plateau by the start of the next season. He was 50/50 to make the 700-goal club after his third season in the NHL.

The other player in this 30s with a decent chance at joining the 700-goal club is Patrick Kane (20 percent). Kane, unlike Stamkos, has never dominated the goals category but he has scored 21 or more goals every year for 13 years, giving him at 31 years old. His consistency could be rewarded if he manages to play another eight or nine years in the league. However, it’s still a long shot. Just two players have tallied 300 or more career goals after turning 32 years old: Gordie Howe and John Bucyk.

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Flyers rout Capitals 7-2, deny Ovechkin's milestone bid .
WASHINGTON (AP) Sean Couturier scored twice, Claude Giroux recorded three points and Brian Elliott made 25 saves to help the Philadelphia Flyers deny Alex Ovechkin a milestone and blow out the Washington Capitals 7-2 Saturday night. Philadelphia limited Ovechkin to one shot on net and kept Washington's captain stuck on 698 career goals. He'll need at least one more game to become the eighth member of the NHL's 700-goal club.T.J. Oshie scored a first-period power-play goal, but that was the extent of the Capitals' meaningful offensive output. Evgeny Kuznetsov also scored for Washington.

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