May 28, 2022

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Alexander Ovechkin recalled Maurice Richard

Alexander Ovechkin recalled Maurice Richard

At 36, Alexander Ovechkin has scored 10 goals in several games this season. This feat, which is too old for a hockey player, is reminiscent of the past prowess of a particular Maurice Richard.

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In 1957-1958, “Rocket” was 36 years old when he hit the target 10 times in the first 10 meetings of the Montreal Canadians. That year, Richard scored a hat-trick 6-0 over the Detroit Red Wings in Game 3. Kubeser is 19 points behind Ovechkin after 10 games.

Richard’s campaign did not go well, but he was limited to a total of 28 regular-season games due to injury in November. Despite returning to the game in February, the famous No. 9 was able to take part in the playoffs and scored 11 goals in 10 games, helping the Canadian greatly to win the Stanley Cup in the final. Against the Boston Bruins. It was the third in a series of five wins between 1956 and 1960 for CH.

Along with Richard and Ovechkin, forward Mike Gartner is the only player to score the fastest 10 goals of the season at 36 or over. In the case of Gartner, he dazzled the hockey world with his Phoenix Coyotes uniform from 1996-1997. Reaching the top ten after 10 games, Gartner completed his 37th anniversary on October 28, 1996 at the Molson Center with a 5 to 4 win over the Canadians, a double. The prolific striker also settled the debate overtime with his 10th season, at the expense of goalkeeper Pat Jablonsky.

Brett Hull is one goal away

As for Ovechkin, the start of his season is impressive at 36, which is a logical continuation of a successful career. With his total of 740 goals, the Washington Capitals star is just one goal away from leveling Brett Hull, the fourth-largest sniper in National Hockey League history.

Gartner was eighth with 708 goals, while Richard was 31st (with 544 goals in just 978 games).

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