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Razor With and Edge: 50

Tuesday, 02.25.2014 / 11:36 AM / 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. ;)

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 61 41 13 7 186 143 89
2 ANA 62 38 17 7 182 174 83
3 STL 60 38 18 4 188 151 80
4 CHI 61 36 20 5 180 146 77
5 VAN 60 35 22 3 171 156 73
6 WPG 62 31 20 11 173 168 73
7 LAK 59 29 18 12 162 152 70
8 CGY 61 33 24 4 174 158 70
9 MIN 60 31 22 7 169 158 69
10 SJS 61 30 23 8 171 174 68
11 DAL 61 27 25 9 191 202 63
12 COL 61 26 24 11 161 175 63
13 ARI 61 20 34 7 134 206 47
14 EDM 62 18 34 10 142 206 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 61 23 37 -1 60
T. Seguin 55 29 30 0 59
J. Spezza 61 14 37 -3 51
E. Cole 56 18 14 4 32
J. Klingberg 47 10 22 4 32
T. Daley 58 16 15 -11 31
A. Hemsky 55 9 17 -7 26
A. Goligoski 61 2 24 4 26
C. Eakin 58 12 13 -3 25
A. Roussel 59 11 11 -11 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 25 13 9 .906 2.96
J. Enroth 13 24 2 .900 3.31
 
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