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Capitals' Ovechkin wins Maurice Richard Trophy

Tuesday, 06.24.2014 / 7:49 PM / 2014 NHL Awards
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Capitals' Ovechkin wins Maurice Richard Trophy
Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin claimed his second consecutive and fourth career Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy.
Alex Ovechkin
Right Wing - WSH
GOALS: 51 | ASST: 28 | PTS: 79
SOG: 386 | +/-: -35

Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin claimed his second consecutive and fourth career Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy as the League’s goal-scoring leader, adding to the ones he earned in 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2012-13.

Ovechkin scored 51 goals, becoming the 11th player in NHL history to record five 50-goal seasons and just the fifth to do so in his first nine campaigns, following Mike Bossy (9 in 9), Wayne Gretzky (8), Guy Lafleur (6) and Brett Hull (5). Ovechkin, who finished 2013-14 ahead of Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry (43) and San Jose Sharks forward Joe Pavelski (41), also registered his third career four-goal game Dec. 10; scored his 400th goal Dec. 20, becoming the sixth-fastest player in NHL history (and seventh-youngest) to achieve the milestone (634 GP). He led the League with 24 power-play goals, a franchise record and the most by any player since Steven Stamkos scored an equal amount in 2009-10. Since entering the NHL at the beginning of the 2005-06 season, Ovechkin leads the League in goals (422), points (814), power-play goals (151) and game-winning goals (69). His average of 0.62 goals per game is tied for third in NHL history (minimum: 350 games played), trailing only Bossy (0.76) and Lemieux (0.75).

The Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy, a gift to the National Hockey League from the Montreal Canadiens, honors one of the game’s greatest stars. During his 18-year career with the Canadiens from 1942-43 through 1959-60, Richard was the first player in NHL history to score 50 goals in a season and 500 for his career. He was the League’s top goal-scorer five times, played on eight Stanley Cup champions and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1961.