Saturday’s game was an historical night. Not only did the Capitals set a franchise record for him wins with their 32nd victory at Verizon Center, Alex Ovechkin also hit the 30-goal mark. Ovechkin is now one of just three players in NHL history to reach 30 goals in his first 12 seasons.
Following the game, head coach Barry Trotz wanted to make sure everyone, including Ovechkin knew magnitude of that achievement.
“Some history was made tonight,” Trotz said. “Start your career, you get 30 goals a year for first 12 years, you're one of three, you're in that elite company with Mike Gartner, a guy named, what's his name, Wayne Gretzky. You guys might have heard of him. And then Alex Ovechkin.”
Anytime you are in the same company with Wayne Gretzky, you’re doing something right. Ovechkin has a ways to go to catch both players as Gartner went on to tally 30+ in 15 seasons while Gretzky did it for 13.
But Ovechkin does not have to continue putting up 30 goal seasons for the rest of his career to prove his greatness. He has already established himself as the greatest goal scorer of his generation and Trotz wanted to make sure he knew just what he had accomplished.
Trotz spoke with Ovechkin after the game about his latest career milestone.
How did Ovechkin take it? Just as you would expect someone who has scored 30 or more in 12 straight seasons. He acted like he’s been there before.
“I think he's getting pretty casual with some of the greatness of the stuff he's done,” Trotz said. “He gives me a little wink or a little thumbs up or whatever. There's no hugging are anything like that or big speech.”
There will be a time in which Ovechkin will be able to reflect on all of his accomplishments and marvel at the incredible career he’s put together.
That time, however, with the team preparing for a run at the Stanley Cup, is not now. Ovechkin reminded the media of that after Saturday’s game saying, “More history to come.”
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