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01-31-2009, 03:36 AM
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Phil Esposito's SOG record

Everytime I've seen mention of Phil Esposito's single season shots on goal record of 550 in 70-71, I've always thought that it was a pretty amazing feat that would be pretty much impossible to break. Now, Ovechkin is on pace to come near the mark (he's on pace for approximately 535 or something) and seems to have been picking it up as of late in terms of being a god damn lunatic on the ice, which of course leads to more shots on goal. This is a fact.

It may not happen this season, but that someone is even threatening this record is interesting, I find. Anyone think Ovechkin could do it this season, or if not, in the future? There's no one even remotely close to him in this stats column, but maybe a darkhorse in the future? Is Phil's record safe or is it destined to crumble?

What makes it all the more interesting to me is the way Ovechkin gets his shots. While Espo was known for being immovably parked in front of the net or in the slot area, Ovechkin creates many of his chances and shots using his speed, agility and drive to the net. He really is one of, if not the most dynamic player this league has seen in a long time...maybe forever.


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Alex Ovechkin is special. I don't think most are ready to call him a singular talent yet, but he's in a very small group. He's certainly on pace to take a place next to the Lemieuxs and Bossys of scoring history; we'll know in about 7 years whether he deserves mention alongside those guys or not. Esposito's record certainly CAN be broken, but stingy defenses and teamwork offenses make it difficult for one guy to shoot that much. As long as he stays healthy, the Caps keep feeding him the puck and he keeps potting 50+ goals a year, he definitely has a shot (sts) at breaking it.

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You put enough on the net you're going to score alot...

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if ovechkin can break this record he must be awarded for this!

By guess Espo had 10 minutes more icetime per game than ovechkin!
he got warmed up after 40 seconds into the shift... and stayed on the ice for 20 more seconds ...

thats why it will be difficult for ovechkin, but with his skills he can do it all...

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Even reaching 500 shots would be an incredible feat, only accomplished by the record-holder Esposito. Ovechkin's almost a lock to move into 2nd place in this category.

550 - Phil Esposito, Bos., 1970-71
446 - Alex Ovechkin, Wsh., 2007-08
429 - Paul Kariya, Ana., 1998-99
426 - Phil Esposito, Bos., 1971-72
414 - Bobby Hull, Chi., 1968-69


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Even reaching 500 shots would be an incredible feat, only accomplished by the record-holder Esposito. Ovechkin's almost a lock to move into 2nd place in this category.

550 - Phil Esposito, Bos., 1970-71
446 - Alex Ovechkin, Wsh., 2007-08
429 - Paul Kariya, Ana., 1998-99
426 - Phil Esposito, Bos., 1971-72
414 - Bobby Hull, Chi., 1968-69
I remember Kariya in '98-99 he had the quietest 101 point season in NHL history. He was 3rd in scoring. His main goal that year was to average 5 shots a game, and well............

But in Ovechkin's case I don't think he will do it this year. He'll hit maybe close to 500 but Espo's record is one for the ages now. People forget how much of a natural goal scorer he was in his prime and his first reaction was to shoot. He'd get it in the slot and with those quick wrists he'd shoot! All the time. Ovy has his work cut out for him

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I never expected to see Kariya on this list. Playing with Selanne I just assumed he would be dishing him the puck, but that year Selanne had 47, and Kariya had 39. Just really surprised. Phil, it definitely had to be one of the quietest 101 point seasons ever. Between the two of them they fired 710 pucks on net.

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Right now, Ovy is on pace for 543 shots. He has a serious shot (no pun intended) at eclipsing Espo's record.

If a healthy Pavel Bure was playing today (post-lockout NHL), I think he would also have had a shot at it.

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He needs to average a little more than 9 shots a game to pass Espositio. Not an impossible thing to do for Ovechkin, but it will be close.

I think he is going to finish with around 530 shots. However, if he didn't miss the 3 games he did this year, there would be no question about him setting the record.

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But in Ovechkin's case I don't think he will do it this year. He'll hit maybe close to 500 but Espo's record is one for the ages now. People forget how much of a natural goal scorer he was in his prime and his first reaction was to shoot. He'd get it in the slot and with those quick wrists he'd shoot! All the time. Ovy has his work cut out for him
"Ovy has his work cut out for him"

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I think Ovechkin will one day break Espo's record. I think he'll one day hold every shots on goal record out there. And if they track it, I think he'll hold the records for most missed shots, and most blocked shots.

The guy understands the concept of shooting the puck more than anyone I've ever seen. And that's high praise. Yeah, he scores the highlight reel goals. But he'll also probably score more "garbage goals," and generate more garbage goals, than anyone else in the league, because he shoots the puck so much. He understands what needs to be done to score goals, and he wants to score goals. He shoots from anywhere. He'll never lead the league in shooting percentage, but I'd rather have the league leader in goals than the league leader in shooting percentage.

And when you combine his desire to score and his willingness to shoot with his natural skill and instincts, that's what makes him so dangerous.

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