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How many points will Alex Ovechkin have by the end of his career?


How many points will Alex Ovechkin have by the end of his career?

Alex Ovechkin says he didn’t know that when he scored 30 seconds into the second period of the Capitals’ 6-2 win over the Calgary Flames he had just become the second-fastest active NHL player to reach 900 points, behind only Jaromir Jagr.

“I didn’t know it was my 900th,” he told reporters. “It’s a special moment for me.”

Maybe Ovechkin, who now has 479 goals and 900 points in 764 career games, is preoccupied by his chase for 500 goals, which, with his current scoring pace, could come well before Christmas.

But it’s what others were saying after Ovechkin’s most recent milestone that sparked an interesting question we’ll address in a moment.

“It’s impressive what he’s done so far,” Caps center Nicklas Backstrom said, “but he’s not done yet.”

“To get to 900 points in this league you’ve got to be pretty darn good and he’s got a lot of points left in him,” Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. “To see what he ends up with in final totals when his career is done is going to be pretty astounding, I think.”

So what’s your guess? When all is said and done and Ovi has traded in his skates for a comfy pair of slippers, how many goals will he have scored? How many points?

“He might not always score 50 or 60 goals a year,” former Capitals center Jeff Halpern said earlier this month. “But half of that number is still pretty impressive in the NHL.

“When he gets into his late 30s I’m sure he won’t be the same player he is now. But I don’t see signs of anything slowing down. Father Time hasn’t won the battle yet.”

Right now, it’s not even close.

But even if we assume that at some point Father Time catches up to Ovechkin and slowly robs him of his ability to score, his numbers will be pretty astounding.

At 30 years old, Ovechkin has six years remaining (including this season) on the 13-year, $124 million contract he signed back in 2008. Since he shows absolutely no signs of slowing and has the benefit of playing alongside younger playmakers like Backstrom, 27, T.J. Oshie, 28, and Evgeny Kuznetsov, 23, it’s safe to assume Ovechkin’s numbers could actually increase before taking a downward arc.

For a quick comparison, let’s take a look at another prolific goal scorer, Brett Hull, and his offensive numbers in his six seasons after turning 30:

Brett Hull

1994-95 (age 30) – 29 goals, 21 assists, 50 points (48-game season)

1995-96 (age 31) – 43 goals, 40 assists, 83 points

1996-97 (age 32) – 42 goals, 40 assists, 82 points

1997-98 (age 33) – 27 goals, 45 assists, 72 points

1998-99 (age 34) – 32 goals, 26 assists, 58 points

1999-00 (age 35) – 24 goals, 35 assists, 59 points

Hull’s offensive production actually increased after turning 36 in 2001. He recorded another 92 goals and 207 points in three seasons with the Red Wings before retiring at the age of 39, then re-retiring following the 2004-05 lockout.

With that in mind, let’s project these next six years of Ovechkin’s career, at which point he will either continue playing in the NHL, retire, or finish his playing career in Russia.

Alex Ovechkin

2015-16 (age 30) – 55 goals, 32 assists, 87 points

2016-17 (age 31) – 53 goals, 31 assists, 84 points

2017-18 (age 32) -- 47 goals, 28 assists, 75 points

2018-19 (age 33) – 42 goals, 25 assists, 67 points

2019-20 (age 34) – 33 goals, 21 assists, 54 points  

2020-21 (age 35) – 27 goals, 22 assists, 49 points

Based on those very rough estimates, Ovechkin, at the ripe age of 35, would be sitting on 732 goals, 579 assists for 1,311 points at the end of his current contract.

That would place him fourth on the NHL’s all-time list in career goals (behind Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe and Brett Hull) and 33rd in points.

Of course, if Ovechkin plays beyond his current contract and into his late 30s, “astounding” may not be strong enough a word to describe his accomplishments.

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2018 Olympic Hockey Results: U.S. Women back in the gold medal match

2018 Olympic Hockey Results: U.S. Women back in the gold medal match

GANGNEUNG, South Korea -- The Americans played their way back into the only women's hockey game that matters: a showdown with Canada for the Olympic gold medal.

The Americans are back in the title game for a third straight Olympics after shutting out Finland 5-0 on Monday in the semifinals. They will face their arch-rival, which beat the "Olympic Athletes from Russia" 5-0 a few hours later, on Thursday. They Americans will be trying to win their first gold since 1998 when women's hockey made its debut in the Olympics.

And yes, the Americans understand the United States-Canada playing for gold is what everyone expects to see.


"Definitely the rivalry has been there since I think I was born, so everyone's looking forward to that," said 22-year-old Dani Cameranesi.

This will be the third opportunity at gold for six Americans: captain Meghan Duggan, Hilary Knight, Gigi Marvin, Kacey Bellamy and twin sisters Monique Lamoureux-Morando and Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson.

"It's honestly a dream come true," Knight said. "This is the world's biggest stage. This is the game that you want. This is the game we've been dreaming of and to have another opportunity to get back here, it's huge."

Olympic newcomer Cameranesi scored two goals and added an assist to lead the Americans over Finland. Marvin started the scoring, and Lamoureux-Davidson and Knight both scored during a 5-on-3 34 seconds apart in the second period. Maddie Rooney made 14 saves for the shutout.

Finland remains winless in eight games against the Americans at the Olympics. The Finns, ranked third in the world last year, will try to take home the bronze medal for the first time since 2010.

"We're got one thing on our mind, and that's to get a medal," said goaltender Noora Raty, who made 33 saves. "They're the best in the world (U.S. and Canada). We just need to get more girls involved so we have more to choose from."

The Americans opened these games a 2-1 loss to Canada wrapping up pool play.

"This was really a gold-medal preparation for us because they're a darn good team, and we had to be ready to play," U.S. coach Robb Stauber said of Finland.

The Americans wasted no time getting on the board. Captain Meghan Duggan found Marvin alone in the slot, and she beat Raty stick-side for the easy goal just 2:25 into the game.

Finland lost defenseman when she had to be helped off the ice and to the locker room after a knee-on-knee collision with Duggan. She was knocked off balance before crashing face-first into the boards, snapping her head back. When play resumed without a penalty, some fans booed. Savolainen returned in the second period.


Stauber said the referee immediately came over and said it was a collision. Duggan said she was really happy Savolainen got up and that any decision about a potential suspension was out of her control.

"There's been some other plays that haven't been put into question, and so I can't imagine that there would be any disciplinary action just based on other things that have been let go," Duggan said.

Cameranesi put the United States up 2-0 with 1:22 left in the period, taking the puck away from Susanna Tapani and skating into the left circle before beating Raty's blocker with a wrist shot top shelf.

Lamoureux-Davidson's slap shot from the left circle came with 2 seconds left on the 5-on-3 at 13:21 of the second period, and Knight got her first goal of this tournament by redirecting a shot from Sidney Morin with 5 seconds left on the man advantage for the 4-0 lead. Cameranesi padded the lead as she scored from the slot over Raty's glove off a pass from Hannah Brandt.

"We're super excited to be in this position again," Lamoureux-Davidson said. "We worked four years to put ourselves in position to compete for a gold medal and we'll enjoy this for a little bit, but we know that this isn't what we came here for. We're ready to go to battle in a couple days."

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NHL Power Rankings: A rough week


NHL Power Rankings: A rough week

The Caps are coming off of one of, if not the worst week of their season. Washington has now lost three of four games and all three of those losses came in devastating fashion.

On Feb. 11, the Caps hosted a scuffling Detroit Red Wings team and saw the Wings build a 4-1 lead in the second period, a period in which the Caps were outshot 17-2. Washington battled back to tie the game, but ultimately lost in overtime. Tuesday in Winnipeg the Caps held a 3-1 lead in the third period, but allowed the Jets to mount a comeback and tie the game with just 15 seconds remaining in regulation before losing in overtime. Then, of course, there was Saturday's 7-1 blowout at the hands of the Chicago Blackhawks, a team that had lost eight straight coming into that game.


To make matters worse, the Pittsburgh Penguins keep on winning and now hold a one-point lead over Washington. So yeah, things were not great.

The bad news is that, with the recent surges of Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and even New Jersey, the Caps have to figure things out fast or they could continue to fall in the standings fairly quickly.

The good news is that they still remain in a relatively good position should they rebound. The Penguins do hold a one-point lead in the standings, but the Caps remain very much in the driver's seat of the division with three games in hand.

Four games separate Washington from the Feb. 26 trade deadline. The Caps will play in Buffalo, host Tampa Bay, play in Florida and host Buffalo. Winning three of those four games, especially if they can beat the dominant Lightning, will go a long way towards putting last week in the rearview mirror. Another tough week, however, could force the hand of general manager Brian MacLellan to make an unanticipated move at the trade deadline in order to keep a playoff season from falling apart.

After a week like that, it's no surprise to see Washington fall in this week's NHL Power Rankings. You can see the full rankings here.