Razor With and Edge: 50

Tuesday, 02.25.2014 / 10:36 AM CT / Razor With An Edge
By Daryl "Razor" Reaugh
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Razor With and Edge: 50
Razor takes a trip down memory lane to look at the past and present 50-goal scorers in the NHL, and just how rare it has become.

Alex Ovechkin is gonna score 50 goals again this season.

It’ll be the 5th time he reaches that magical plateau – an accomplishment that has become rare both for OV and all others.

That wasn’t the case back in 1993 when there were fourteen 50-goal scorers in the NHL. Names like Hull, Mogilny, Selanne, and Lemieux, plus ten others! To match that number you’d have to go from Alex Ovechkin’s first 50-goal campaign in 2006 thru his about-to-be-notched 2014 fifty, (which will likely be scored sometime in March), and in those eight non-lockout seasons, only eight different guys were able to score 50 goals.

From 1945 to 1973 there were also fourteen 50-goal seasons registered. They were the first fourteen ever recorded, and they, like the aforementioned Ovechkin to Ovechkin run, were scored by only eight players. Rocket Richard started it, Rick MacLeish of the Flyers concluded the segment, and Bobby Hull, like Ovechkin, was responsible for five of them.

Only one Dallas Star has produced a 50-goal season: the incomparable Mike Modano. He did it in April of 1994 and scored that 50th on Curtis Joseph in a 9-5 triumph over the St. Louis Blues (Reminder: March is “Modanopalooza” in Starsland).

The take away from this skate down memory lane is that the NHL needs to find a way to produce more 50-goal scorers. 50-G men grab headlines. They stick out. They endure. Chicks dig ‘em. They excite.

So fire away Alex. Your animal magnetism and goaltender terrorizing is greatly appreciated.

Oh, and thanks for not “wasting” any in Sochi. ;)

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 77 48 22 7 225 215 103
2 x - NSH 76 47 21 8 218 183 102
3 STL 75 46 22 7 228 186 99
4 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
5 CHI 74 44 24 6 209 172 94
6 VAN 75 43 27 5 215 203 91
7 WPG 75 39 24 12 212 197 90
8 LAK 75 37 24 14 200 188 88
9 CGY 75 40 28 7 219 199 87
10 DAL 76 37 29 10 236 243 84
11 SJS 75 37 30 8 210 212 82
12 COL 75 35 28 12 205 209 82
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 76 23 45 8 160 252 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 76 28 44 -4 72
T. Seguin 66 34 35 -1 69
J. Spezza 76 16 41 -3 57
J. Klingberg 59 11 27 6 38
C. Eakin 72 17 19 -2 36
T. Daley 62 16 19 -9 35
A. Goligoski 76 4 31 0 35
A. Hemsky 70 11 21 -6 32
S. Horcoff 72 11 17 8 28
V. Fiddler 74 12 14 -6 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 34 15 10 .907 2.84
J. Enroth 14 26 2 .900 3.28
 
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