Don’t Look Now, But Ovi Is Shooting for SOG King Again

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Posted February 12, 2013
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There is one category that Alex Ovechkin dominated during his first six NHL seasons – shots on goal. He led the league each season until last year, when he finished in sixth place. That’s quite a fall for someone who once had a 156-shot lead ahead of the second place guy (2008-9, when he had 528).

Though this season is far from over (relatively speaking), and though he’ll likely never put up the same numbers as he has in the past, Ovechkin is once again gunning for the league lead in shots on goal. With three more in Tuesday’s 6-5 overtime victory against Florida, Ovechkin climbed back into the running for shot king with 52 on the season (though Erik Karlsson simultaneously pulled away from the pack with nine in Ottawa’s 2-0 win against Buffalo).

Even with the Caps being in last place, and even with a slow start himself, it’s good to see Ovechkin still being one of the top players in the league at keeping goaltenders on high alert.

Now if we can only do something about that shooting percentage.

 Stats
 Year Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM Hits BkS PPG PPA SHG SHA GW SOG Pct
 2005-06 WAS 81 52 54 106 2 52 N/A N/A 21 31 3 0 5 425 .122
 2006-07 WAS 82 46 46 92 -19 52 N/A N/A 16 21 0 0 8 392 .117
 2007-08 WAS 82 65 47 112 28 40 N/A N/A 22 15 0 0 11 446 .146
 2008-09 WAS 79 56 54 110 8 72 N/A N/A 19 27 1 0 10 528 .106
 2009-10 WAS 72 50 59 109 45 89 185 20 13 23 0 0 7 368 .136
 2010-11 WAS 79 32 53 85 24 41 241 23 7 17 0 0 11 367 .087
 2011-12 WAS 78 38 27 65 -8 26 215 42 13 10 0 0 3 303 .125
 2012-13 WAS 13 5 5 10 -5 14 23 5 4 2 0 0 1 52 .096
 Career 565 343 344 687 76 384 663 89 114 146 4 0 56 2878 .119 
Ben Sumner
Ben Sumner is the editor of Capitals Outsider and a contributor for Gunaxin.com. He also works for The Washington Post and contributes there when he gets a scoop.
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