Never. Doubt. Alex. Ovechkin. Again. At The Hockey News, we’ve learned to repeat that mantra in the mirror three times daily.
One year ago, he was fresh off a magical season that included a Rocket Richard Trophy, Stanley Cup, Conn Smythe Trophy and a constant flow of viral celebration videos. ‘Ovie’ was entering his age-33 campaign and, at least anecdotally, had partied harder in the off-season than any Cup-winning captain in recent memory. So when we tallied our staff award predictions for the 2018-19 season, we figured he’d earned a rest after seven Rocket Richard Trophies and would hand the goal-scoring mantle off to Patrik Laine.
Instead, Ovechkin scored a league-best 51 goals. He passed Bobby Hull to establish a new NHL record for times leading the league in goals at eight. The 50-g...
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Matt Larkin is a senior writer at The Hockey News and has been part of the team since 2011. He's your one-stop shop for deep-dive player interviews, predictions, statistics, fantasy player rankings, player safety and hair tips. Catch him weekly as host of The Hockey News Live and The Hockey News Podcast.