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Alexander Ovechkin is simply one of the best in the NHL.
Alexander Ovechkin's career has been filled with incredible stats and amazing moments. Picking the most incredible out of them is a daunting task, to say the very least.
Peruse Ovechkin's Wikipedia page for a moment and you might be a bit overwhelmed by the list of accomplishments.
From the standpoint of Capitals team records, Ovi holds several that could be classified as incredible. The ones that stand out to me are the team records for most goals in a season (65), most seasons with 50 or more goals (something Ovi has done on four occasions) and his 11-game point streak when he was a rookie.
From the grander stage of NHL records, again several of Ovi's accomplishments are awe-inspiring. Included in this list are his NHL records for most goals scored by a left-winger in a season (65 during the 2007-08 season), most points scored by a left-wing rookie (106 during the 2005-06 season) and his eight-game point-scoring streak to start his NHL career.
But as far as the most incredible stat of Ovechkin's career, we will go back, yet again, to the 2007-08 season. It was during and after this season that Ovechkin pulled off something truly incredible.
Ovi's 65 goals led the NHL and he received the Rocket Richard Trophy for his efforts.
Ovi also led the NHL that season with 112 points, and this earned him the Art Ross Trophy.
When the season ended, however, two more awards were coming Ovi's way. First he was awarded the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL's MVP. Ovi was then awarded the Lester B. Pearson award, the NHLPA's version of the MVP trophy.
When this happened, Ovechkin became the first player in NHL history to ever win the Ross, Richard, Hart and Pearson awards in one season. For that matter, he became the first player to ever win all four major awards.
It will be a feat that will be extremely difficult for anyone, including Ovechkin, to repeat.
Take this past season for instance. Ovechkin became the first three-time winner of the Rocket Richard Trophy and also claimed his third Hart Memorial Trophy.
Yet he lost out on the Art Ross trophy to Martin St. Louis. His arch-rival, Sidney Crosby, was awarded the Ted Lindsay award, which is what the Pearson award was renamed after the 2009-10 season.
As such, winning all four major awards simultaneously a second time might be nothing more than a pipe dream.
But for that one magical run during the 2007-08 season, Ovechkin did something truly incredible.