Alex Ovechkin becomes just sixth player ever to record nine 40-goal seasons

(AP Photo/Nick Wass)
(AP Photo/Nick Wass)

As much a staple to Alex Ovechkin’s brand as ripping powerplay clappers from the left circle and passionate celebrations, is the 32-year-old’s ability to consistently put up 40-goal seasons.

With a tally against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Stadium Series game at the US Naval Academy on Saturday, he now has nine.

Ovechkin’s goal put him in some royal company, as No. 8 joined Wayne Gretzky, Marcel Dionne, Mario Lemieux, Mike Bossy and Mike Gartner as the only players in NHL history to score at least 40 in a season at least nine times. Gretzky reached the mark 12 times, while Lemieux and Dionne are just one season ahead of Ovi with 10. Most notable about Ovechkin’s feat is the fact he’s played most of his career in one of the lowest-scoring eras in the league’s history, while the others on the list played in some of the highest-scoring periods ever.

Ovechkin was able to grab a record to call his own on Saturday, too:

The three-time MVP now sits just two shy of 600 career goals.