From The Washington Times:
Ovechkin is having a fantastic third season in the NHL for the Washington Capitals, and he has a chance to put his name beside one his childhood heroes. Mario Lemieux is one of eight players in league history to score 70 goals in a season.
"He was one of the best players and the way he overcame his cancer," Ovechkin said. "I think he was best goal scorer in the league."
Provided his health remains sound, the 23-year-old Ovechkin will notch his second 50-goal season and surpass Jonathan Cheechoo's 56 from two years ago as the most since the 2004-05 lockout. But Ovechkin has the opportunity to go beyond great and enter the realm of historic.
Sixty-one goals would set a franchise record and be the second most scored by a Russian-born player. Sixty-three would be more than any player besides Lemieux in the past 15 years.
And if he can average a goal a game over the final 22 games of the season, Ovechkin can reach 70.
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