Kuznetsov Snaps Ovechkin’s Streak as Caps Points Leader

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Posted April 10, 2016

Kuznetsov (Caps Outsider)

For the first time in a decade, Alex Ovechkin did not sit atop the leaderboard for the Caps in the total points department, passing the crown to fellow Russian Evgeny Kuznetsov.

Though Ovechkin is still the best goal-scorer in the NHL, his overall point output dropped to the second lowest of his career (not including the lockout-shortened season). In 79 games, he scored 50 goals and assisted on a career-low 21, for 71 points. His lowest output in 2011-12 was 38 goals and 27 assists for 65 points. In 2013-14, Ovechkin was tied with Backstrom with 79 points to lead the team.

What happened to Ovechkin’s assists? We answered that March 29, when he still had 21 assists.

Kuznetsov, meanwhile, led the teams in points with 20 goals and 57 assists, despite not having scored a goal since March 1.

Other nuggets: Ovechkin led the league in power play goals with 19, and shots with 398. It was his fourth highest shots output of his career. His +21 was also the fourth highest of his career. He was tied for fourth in the league with 8 game winners.The oddest stat: 2015-16 was the first season Ovechkin didn’t take a single faceoff.

Craig Laughlin pointed out an interesting factoid: The last Caps point leader prior to Ovechkin was former captain Jeff Halpern.

Congratulations, Kuzy, for leading the team in points. Congratulations to Ovechkin for a solid decade atop that board, and your sixth Rocket Richard Trophy!

# PLAYER GP G A P
92 EVGENY KUZNETSOV 82 20 57 77
8 ALEX OVECHKIN 79 50 21 71
19 NICKLAS BACKSTROM 75 20 50 70
14 JUSTIN WILLIAMS 82 22 30 52
77 T.J. OSHIE 80 26 25 51
90 MARCUS JOHANSSON 74 17 29 46
25 JASON CHIMERA 82 20 20 40
74 JOHN CARLSON 56 8 31 39
65 ANDRE BURAKOVSKY 79 17 21 38
2 MATT NISKANEN 82 5 27 32
9 DMITRY ORLOV 82 8 21 29
43 TOM WILSON 82 7 16 23
27 KARL ALZNER 82 4 17 21
83 JAY BEAGLE 57 8 9 17
88 NATE SCHMIDT 72 2 14 16
44 BROOKS ORPIK 41 3 7 10
46 MICHAEL LATTA 43 3 4 7
4 TAYLOR CHORNEY 55 1 5 6
10 MIKE RICHARDS 39 2 3 5
26 DANIEL WINNIK 20 2 3 5
49 STANISLAV GALIEV 24 0 3 3
55 AARON NESS 8 0 2 2
28 PAUL CAREY 4 1 0 1
23 ZACH SILL 10 1 0 1
6 MIKE WEBER 10 0 0 0
53 SEAN COLLINS 2 0 0 0