Sports Gretzky believes Ovechkin deserves to win Stanley Cup

16:55  13 march  2018
16:55  13 march  2018 Source:   theScore

Can Alex Ovechkin become the NHL's all-time goal-scoring king?

  Can Alex Ovechkin become the NHL's all-time goal-scoring king? Despite having been retired for 19 years, Wayne Gretzky still owns more than 50 NHL records - and it's fair to say that most of them are safe. But the Great One may one day cede one of his most impressive marks - the league record in goals - to the Great Eight. Washington Capitals uber-sniper Alex Ovechkin became the newest member of the 600-goal club Monday, and the sixth-fastest in history to reach the milestone. Considering that Ovechkin won't turn 33 until September, it's time to ponder whether he has a legitimate shot at becoming the league's all-time goals leader by the time his career is done.

Gretzky spoke about Alex Ovechkin ’s deep desire to win the Stanley Cup , saying that the Russian machine “would do and pretty much give up anything and everything to get his name on a Stanley Cup .” They deserve a great deal of credit. Not only them, but their parents and their families.

Gretzky continued, "What I love most about Alex [ Ovechkin ] is that he wants to win a Stanley Cup . There’s a lot of guys that say they do, but that really deep down maybe they don’t.

The Great One believes the Great Eight deserves a ring.

After Alex Ovechkin notched the 600th goal of his remarkable career Monday night, Wayne Gretzky - one of three players in the history of the game to reach the mark faster than the Russian sniper - said he wants to see Ovi add the one thing that's missing from his resume.

"If there's one guy that hasn't won a Stanley Cup that I think deserves it, I think it's him," Gretzky said, according to Derek Van Diest of "He's worked his rear end off for the game of hockey and the Washington Capitals, and for his country."

Although the Capitals have qualified for the postseason in eight of the last nine seasons, the organization - and particularly Ovechkin - have faced tremendous criticism for never advancing past the second round, all in spite of the captain recording 90 points in 97 career playoff contests.

Ovechkin vs. Laine vs. Malkin: NHL stars race to 50 goals

  Ovechkin vs. Laine vs. Malkin: NHL stars race to 50 goals WASHINGTON - Patrik Laine knows where he stands. The Winnipeg Jets winger might not keep track of each time Alex Ovechkin or Evgeni Malkin scores, but he knows how many goals they have. "I just sometimes look at the scoreboard and the score sheets," Laine said. "I always pretty much know where's everyone at." Laine is tied with Ovechkin at 40 goals atop the NHL and is looking to reach 50 for the first time in his career at age 19 and win his first Rocket Richard Trophy. Ovechkin, at 32 years old, is 10 away from his eighth 50-goal season and could win his seventh goal-scoring title.The race comes down to Ovechkin and Malkin — the Nos.

Gretzky also addressed Ovechkin ’s legacy. While the Russian machine has managed to win the Richard Trophy six times and be a four-time MVP, Ovechkin has not won the Stanley Cup in his 10-year NHL career, never But I really believe that it’s another notch for an athlete if you’re a champion.

"What I love most about Alex is the fact that he wants to win the Stanley Cup ," Gretzky told CSN Mid-Atlantic at Verizon Center on Friday, where he watched the Edmonton Oilers play Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals.

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"I'd love to see him lift the Stanley Cup one day, because I think he's truly put his heart and soul into being a better player and trying to become a champion," Gretzky said.

Ovechkin and the Capitals currently lead the Metropolitan Division, and should have a few more cracks at a championship with him in the fold. Even if they continue to fall short of hockey's ultimate prize, No. 8 can rest on the laurels of 11 All-Star nominations, three MVPs, six Rocket Richards (for now), and one Calder Trophy.

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