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  1. Even Wayne Gretzky himself clearly admitted in a 2019 interview: "I played in the right era, it's harder to score now than it was when I played." The statistical average number of goals scored per game per team in the NHL between 1979 to 1993 when Gretzky played in his first 14 seasons was 3.742 goals. The statistical average number of goals scored per game per team in the NHL between 2005 to 2019 when Ovechkin played in his first 14 seasons was 2.838 goals. That's a 32% difference which means that it is statistically 32% more difficult to score goals in the modern era compared to back in the 80's and early 90's.

    When people only look at a 1:1 goal comparison between Gretzky's total goals and Ovechkin's total goals, its like comparing a sprinter who is running on flat level surface to that of a sprinter running uphill on an incline. Ovechkin's modern era goal total needs to be calibrated by a factor of 32% in order to properly compare to Gretzky's goal total: 732 goals x 1.32 = 966 goals > Gretzky's 894 goals. And that's even before adding in the 50 goals Ovechkin would have certainly scored in the 2004/2005 lockout season.

    It really puts into perspective what Ovechkin has achieved in the modern NHL era while even having played one less season than Gretzky, and Ovechkin still has 5 or 6 seasons left to play still. It's like catching up to the fastest sprinter in history after having a late start, while running against an incline, and then passing that fastest sprinter while there is still a quarter length of track remaining.

    Just look at the difference between goalies from the 80's and goalies in the modern NHL era. Look at the difference in their size of pads, height, reach, flexibility, technique, and skill. Most goalies from the 80's played worse than today's amateur beer league goalies. During Gretzky's first 14 seasons, the average NHL goalie save % was 0.879 and the average GAA was 3.65, which is unheard of among today's modern era NHL goalies, except maybe in the minors. Also, no players bothered to block shots back in the 80's, imagine how many more goals Ovechkin would have if players played 80's style defense and did not bother to block shots.

    Also, Gretzky played on a decade-long dynasty team in an era that had no salary cap. The 80's Oilers Dynasty fab 5 would have never been allowed to exist on the same team after the salary cap was put in place starting in 2006 during Ovechkin's first season. Ovechkin played every single season under a limiting cap which made the league way more competitive and evenly distributed, Gretzky never did, not even a single season.

  2. Lindholm was unreal tonight, that 2nd goal especially was a beauty. Calgary needs a 2C badly because the dropoff after Lindholm is noticeable.

  3. ВАШИНГТОН ВЯЛО НАЧАЛ ИГРУ – НЕ СКОНЦЕНТРИРОВАННО. ЗА ЭТО ПРИШЛОСЬ РАСПЛАЧИВАТСЯ ПРОПУЩЕННЫМИ ШАЙБАМИ. ДОЛЖНЫ БЫЛИ ОБЫГРЫВАТЬ ОГОНЬКОВ В ОСНОВНОЕ ВРЕМЯ.

  4. Great effort by the Caps to tie the game when they were 3 – 0 down. Excellent pass by Gaudreau to set up the gwg in overtime.

  5. Great win on the road, go Flames go!!! Still, don't make a habit of squandering a 3-0 lead, ok?

    ALWAYS a fan since the 1st day they move to Calgary from Atlanta, the Kent Nilsson era, … to now, WHEREVER I am!!!

  6. Its a nice change to see the flames play an american team. You don't have the bandwagon haters from all the other Canadian markets saying the flames are "soo dirty"

  7. i love how on the second goal monahan was just coasting back in the zone not doing anything relevant and just puck watches him score. Trade him please for a new center and calgary actually is looking good. Lindholm for captain

  8. The rookie who got his first goal was so excited during his celebration that he skated by Ovi who clearly wanted to celebrate it with him…yikes!

  9. Even though we lost, I like the chemistry and energy the caps are showing. The young guns are getting their playing time, ovi found the fountain of youth again lol and may I dare to say…are we getting the 2018 kuzzy?!?! Go caps go!!! 👊👊👊

  10. На ворота бы нормального кипера. Бобра хотя бы. Или Худобина из Далласа.

  11. as good as ovi is he leaves a lot to be desired
    not only didn't he go get the put for team mates first goal he turned and skated down the bench first

  12. Вашингтон молодец третьего вратаря поставили в первом периоде

  13. Б………., сколько можно в конце так тянуть и потом так подарить ,от невезуха

  14. Брависимо Калгари !!! С победой !!! Надо было весь матч как в 1 периоде рвать столичных , но что то пошло не так . Ещё раз с победой !

  15. The flames are improving, hopefully that means there geling and coming together as a team early in the season. We will see what they do in new york

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