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Alex Ovechkin Captures 2017-18 Rocket Richard Trophy

Ovechkin scored a League-high 49 goals in 82 games

by Washington Capitals @Capitals / WashingtonCaps.com

The 2017-18 National Hockey League regular season concluded Sunday with Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin claiming his seventh career Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy as the NHL's goal-scoring leader.

Video: Alex Ovechkin's 49 Goals

Ovechkin scored a League-high 49 goals in 82 games, finishing ahead of Winnipeg Jets right wing Patrik Laine (44 in 82 GP) and Vegas Golden Knights center William Karlsson (43 in 82 GP) for his seventh career Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy (also 2007-08, 2008-09, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16). He became the second player in NHL history to finish atop the League's goal-scoring race seven times, joining Bobby Hull (also 7x, all w/ CHI). At 32 years, 203 days, Ovechkin also became the oldest player to win the NHL's goal-scoring title since Phil Esposito in 1974-75 (33 years, 45 days w/ BOS). Ovechkin recorded his 600th NHL goal March 12, requiring the fourth-fewest games to reach the milestone (990). His career average of 0.61 goals per game (607 in 1,003 GP) ranks fourth in League history (minimum 400 GP), behind only Mike Bossy (0.76), Mario Lemieux (0.75) and Pavel Bure (0.62).

 

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