The Washington Capitals are off to a scorching 11-2-3 start (25 points) to the 2019-20 season and, big surprise, Alex Ovechkin is a huge reason why.
Ovechkin scored a torrent of goals in the opening month of the season, registering 18 points on 11 goals and seven assists over 14 games this October. Now he's climbing the charts towards history. With two goals (and two assists) in last Tuesday's 4-3 win over Toronto, which included the OT game-winner, Ovi moved into 12th place on the NHL's all-time goal scorers list, surpassing Luc Robitaille with 669 career goals.
"How high his performance has been throughout his career is insane," Carlson said. "It's something that I'm glad I get the chance to take part in, to watch, to be a fan for a little bit."
Next up on the list for Ovi is Teemu Selanne, who's 11th all-time with 684 goals. At this rate, Ovechkin – with 19 points on the season (11 goals, 8 assists) – could have that wrapped up by Christmas.
After Selanne, we start getting into the big boys. Mario Lemieux is 10th all-time with 690 career goals, Steve Yzerman is ninth (692) and Mark Messier is eighth (694).
"He just keeps reinventing himself, reinventing ways to score goals, finding new ways to get better," Carlson said. "As an elite goal scorer, you'd think that teams could figure him out after whatever it's been – 10 or 11, 12 years now – but they can't and he just keeps going about his business and it's something special. Maybe not even for myself or anybody, really, is totally embracing what we're seeing before our eyes."