Could Alex Ovechkin join the 50 in 50 club?

Ovechkin, who after a four-goal outburst Tuesday night is humming along on pace for a career-best 72 goals this season.

“He’s shooting the puck the best I’ve ever seen him shoot it since we’ve been here,” said defenseman Mike Green, whose nine-year career has overlapped with Ovechkin’s completely. “He’s just got that knack. He understands when to shoot, it’s amazing how many shots he does get a game and, obviously, with the accuracy and poise he has with his shot — it’s incredible how he picks those corners. You have to admire that.”

Everything that makes Ovechkin such a prolific scorer has been on regular display this season: the force of his shot, his ability to place a slapper wherever he wants, the timing and instant release that makes them difficult for goaltenders counteract. If he continues to score at such a stunning rate, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that he could join one of the NHL’s most elite and revered clubs by scoring 50 goals in 50 games.

“Of course it would be nice to score that kind of goals in that kind of games, but I don’t know,” Ovechkin said Wednesday. “It’s pretty hard and it’s almost impossible to do it right now because the level hockey is so high, and you almost have to score every game or every two games to have that success.”

3 Responses to Could Alex Ovechkin join the 50 in 50 club?

  1. leafy says:

    Tiger Williams almost joined the 50-50 club in 1978. Sort of. He had 34 fights in his first 50 games.

  2. reinjosh says:

    He has 48 goals in his last 50 games, albeit those games are spread over this season and last. Still incredible.

    And 26 goals in 29 games is pretty damn good too. It’s certainly possible, yet probably unlikely.

  3. leafs_wallace93 says:

    After the clutch and grab NHL killed the fun of the 80s and early 90s I’d never thought I see a 50 in 50 again, still think Ovie is a massive long shot.

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