Maybe it will take an Alex Ovechkin autobiography for all of us to figure out what truly happened to his game for the better part of 2010-12.
The Great 8 comes to Rogers Arena Monday night with the Washington Capitals to take on the Vancouver Canucks in the midst of the best start of his NHL career, with 10 goals in 11 games. Put that it together with the way he ended last year, and Ovechkin has 32 goals in his past 32 regular season encounters.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last player to score more than 30 times in 30 regular season contests was former Canuck Pavel Bure, who pulled it off over two seasons in 2001 while playing for the Florida Panthers.
Numbers wise, this Ovechkin, who just turned 28 years of age, matches up with the Ovechkin who averaged 54 goals his first five years in the NHL.
He doesn’t mesh with the guy who was wearing his jersey and scored 32 goals for the Capitals in 2010-11 and then 38 the following year. That guy put up 65 points in 2011-12...