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Ovechkin can't be stopped! Canadians Gordie Howe and Wayne Gretzky are next in line


Vadim KuznetsovSport correspondentAll materialsAlexander Ovechkin responded to criticism and became the third sniper in NHL history. Now it's official. Alexander Ovechkin is the best scorer in NHL history among players born outside of North America. A double in the match with Calgary allowed Ovi to catch up with Jaromir Jagr – they each have 766 goals, but the Czech took almost 500 more matches to reach this mark, and the Washington captain is not going to stop and the next night he can replenish his goal account in a game against Edmonton. His new target is Gordie Howe. He has 35 goals to go. The slump in the second half of the winter that robbed Ovechkin of the lead in the Maurice Richard Trophy race seems to be behind him. He scored four goals in three games in early spring, and although Toronto's Auston Matthews is still the number one contender for the title of best scorer of the season (he has 43 goals, Ovechkin has 36), the nine-time winner of this award should not yet be written off accounts. Historically, March is one of the most productive months for Alexander, so he still has a chance to catch up with the American. Another historical pattern is that Ovechkin is not easily given anniversary or iconic goals. How long he held the sight of his stick as he approached his 700th NHL goal, how hard he got on the pucks numbered 731 and 732, which ensured the striker a place in the top 5 best in NHL history. He had a similar decline in 2018, when a mark of 600 goals appeared on the horizon. Moreover, these observations were confirmed by Ovechkin himself. This time, external factors were added to the internal experiences.

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