Washington Capitals: Alex Ovechkin Reaches 60 Goals

Christopher CaiazzoCorrespondent IMarch 22, 2008

Three years ago Alexander Ovechkin was the Washington Capitals’ first round pick in the 2004 NHL entry draft.

Now in his third season, Ovechkin has made a name for himself as he is the face of the "new" NHL. 

The talented winger, who scored two goals last night that helped the Capitals beat the Atlanta Thrashers 5-3, reached the 60-goal plateau, something that hasn't been done in 12 years.

The superstar Ovechkin was the first player to reach 60 goals in a season since Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr did it back in 1995-1996. In his 2005-2006 rookie year, Ovechkin scored 52 goals.

"I don't think about it. I just do my job,'' Ovechkin said when asked how many goals he could get this season. ''I don't think about personal goals. It's just the team.”

When you see Ovechkin on the ice you can just see how much he loves the game and enjoys playing hockey. Maybe that's his secret for his great success in his three-year NHL career—he just wants his team to win. The NHL could use more players like Ovechkin.

Ovechkin leads the NHL in points, goals, powerplay goals, game winning goals, and in shots.

He leads the Caps, in points (106), goals (60), power-play goals (21), game-winning goals (10), shots (410), hits (203) and takeaways (63).

With six games left to play for the Washington Capitals, who are just one point behind the eight placed Boston Bruins, Ovechkin with his amazing season is looking to make more headlines by trying to get his team into the playoffs and if anyone can do it, who could do it better than Ovechkin.