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The viral chart shows that Alex Ovechkin has more hits than the top four scorers since 2005 combined.

The viral chart shows that Alex Ovechkin has more hits than the top four scorers since 2005 combined.

NBC Sports Washington released a graphic during Capitals-Lightning on Friday that is getting viral attention on hockey Twitter.

The Capitals’ television station created a graphic that shows how unique Alex Ovechkin it’s like a player.

Among the top five active scorers in the NHL right now, Ovechkin has 265 more goals than the next closest player, Sidney Crosby (524). But it’s the achievements part that’s really amazing. Ovechkin has 3,331 body checks which is more than the next four players combined (2,872). The stats were tabulated before Friday’s game.

For years, domestic analysts said Ovechkin would have to stop throwing his body around so much in order to have a long NHL career. He hasn’t and he hasn’t paid a price. Ovi’s unmatched durability has allowed him to lose only a couple of dozen games in his career.

It’s a good reminder that you should never take Ovechkin for granted when he’s playing because there will never be another guy like him in a Capitals uniform.

P.S – That’s all the NHL’s all-time leader in playoff hits.





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