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Bondra Still Has These Caps Records (But Ovi Will Break Most of Them)
The Caps honor Peter Bondra earlier this season. (Caps Outsider)
I’m going to go out on a limb and say Ovi will break this record this season as he hits 50 total goals again. At 44 behind, at the very worst he’ll break it early next season.
Even Strength Goals
Ovechkin could get this record this season, but he’d have to go on a tear. Last season, he scored 27 even-strength goals, but he’ll likely have this record by November or December next season.
No, Ovi will not pass Bondra as the Caps all-time short-handed goal leader. Ovi has four total, three of which came his rookie season.
The game-winning goal stat is often out of a players’ control, unless they score the go-ahead goal late in a game. Ovechkin had 11 during his best and worst seasons (65 goals in 2007-08 and 32 in 2012-13), but should easily break Bondra’s record this season.
Game-Winning Goals in a Season
The career record will easily be Ovi’s, but passing Bonzai in this department will require some luck. Bondra snagged the team record when he scored 52 goals in 1997-98. Ovi has scored 50 or more goals five times (Bondra only did it twice), but has managed 11 game-winners in a season, twice. Not bad at all, but not the team record.
Power Play Goals On-Ice For
Yes, Ovi will break this record this season.
This is a tough one. Relatively speaking, Ovechkin doesn’t get that many hat-tricks. With 13 in 8 1/2 seasons, he may be good for one or two this year. Realistically, Ovi won’t break this record for several seasons.
Career Playoff Game-Winning Goals
Yes, Ovi will break this.
Career Playoff Power Play Goals
|2.||Alex Ovechkin/John Druce||9|
Ovi will likely break this record.
Not Bondra Records That Ovi Could Break
Hat Tricks in a Season
If Ovi gets this record, Verizon Center’s hat-trick display will officially run out of room.
Ovi will likely break this record in a few months, but Nicklas Backstrom, who is about 25 behind Ovi, will almost certainly pass him in the coming years.
With 692 games played, Ovi just needs to stay healthy and he’ll pass this record in about four years.
Ovi is currently +45 in his career, but really, I just included this one to tick people off.
Most Career Penalty Shot Goals
Ovi has 2, in 9 attempts. Gartner, meanwhile, only had 3 attempts so even if Ovi breaks this record, Gartner is still 100%.
Career Playoff Scoring
Ovi better break Hunter’s record.
Caps Records Ovi Won’t Get
Ovi has a modest 464 penalty minutes.
Points in a Season
|1.||Dennis Maruk||136 (1981–82)|
Granted, it was a totally different era of scoring when Maruk hit this mark. Ovi won’t get it – he came closest in 2007-08 with 112 points. But it’s more than likely that if Ovi played in this era, he would have definitely had this record, easily. No offense, Mr. Maruk.
Team Records Ovi Already Has
- Power play goals in career (154 and counting)
- Power play goals in a season (24)
- Shots on goal career (3493 and counting)
- Shots in a season (528)
- Goals per game (.62 but likely to lower over the rest of his career)
- Most goals in a season (65)
- Most season with 50 or more goals (5)
- Fastest goal in overtime (6 seconds)
- Most overtime goals in a career (15)
- Most overtime goals in a season (3)
- Shootout goals (25)
- Game-deciding shootout goals (8)
- Career playoff goals (31)
- Playoff plus/minus rating (+10 in 2009)
- Most points in a playoff series (14 in 2009 vs. Pittsburgh)
Rookie records (2005-06)
- Rookie power play goals in a season (21)
- Rookie goals in a season (52)
- Points in a season for a rookie (106)
- Rookie point streak (11 games)
- Rookie point streak to start season (8 games)
- Rookie goals in consecutive games (7)
Various other records if broken down by position. Ovi also has several team all star game records, plus player of the week/month records for the team.