Originally written on NY Rangers Blog  |  Last updated 4/30/13
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Anyone with even so much as passing knowledge of the National Hockey League will be aware that stopping Alexander Ovechkin is going to be a top priority for the New York Rangers. Ovechkin led the league in goals for the third time in his NHL career this season with 32. And exactly half of them came while on the powerplay.  John Buccigross, known by many as the only person at ESPN willing to acknowledge the existence of hockey, has published some pretty interesting details on his Twitter feed about how Ovechkin is effective. Let's look at the information and expand on it.     Here is a chart depicting exactly which areas of the net Ovechkin scores his goals. Of his 32 goals this season, 18 went stick-side. The good news for the Rangers is that Henrik Lundqvist is arguably the best stick-side goaltender in the NHL. Compared to the 48 goals that Lundqvist let in on his glove-side this season, only 23 beat him stick-side. You can see from the chart that 5-hole is ...
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