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.”