Go­ing strong

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

Goals are down across the NHL dur­ing the past decade and even hockey’s big­gest stars strug­gle to score th­ese days. Ex­cept Alex Ovechkin. The Wash­ing­ton Cap­i­tals left­winger is three goals away from be­com­ing the 43rd player in NHL his­tory to reach 500 for his ca­reer and will likely be the fifth-fastest to hit that mile­stone. Wayne Gret­zky, Mario Lemieux and fel­low Hall of Famers Mike Bossy and Brett Hull are the only ones to do it in fewer games. Ovechkin will play his 800th game to­day at the New York Rangers. Ovechkin con­tin­ues to show why he’s among the game’s best by scor­ing at a pace that no one else in this era can match. “I thought I could score ev­ery night. I thought I was un­stop­pable,” Hull said. “It’s scary to watch him . . . For him to do what he does in to­day’s game is awe­some.”

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