Alex Ovechkin reached yet another milestone in his already remarkable career on Saturday with his 30th goal of the season.
Reaching 30 goals may not sound significant for a player who has reached 50 goals seven times in his career, but it is. Ovechkin is now one of just three players in NHL history with 30 or more goals in each of his first 12 seasons.
The other two? Mike Gartner and, of course, Wayne Gretzky.
Reaching 30 or more goals does not just speak to a player's consistency, it also highlights Ovechkin's remarkable durability. Even as a power forward, Ovechkin has played in no fewer than 73 games in a season, excluding the lockout-shortened season of 2012-13.
Ovechkin has established himself as the best goal-scorer of his generation and his latest feat provides yet another item on his already lengthy list of accomplishments.