MCDAVID SCORES 50 FOR FIRST TIME
2023-02-28 · 2 min read · NHL/Hockey
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Connor McDavid has hit 50 goals this season after pocketing two last night against the Boston Bruins, in only 61 games. In doing so McDavid became the fastest player to hit 50 goals in a season since Mario Lemieux did it in 95-96 in 59 games, besting Auston Matthews who needed 62 games to hit 50 goals last season. The 26-year-old forward, who is riding a four-game multi-goal streak, leads the NHL in goals, assists (65) and points (115) in 61 games this season; 26 more than second-place Leon Draisaitl. McDavid is on pace to not only smash his career high of 123 points set last season but also become the first player since Lemiuex in 95-96 to crack the 150 mark; which would make him only the sixth player in NHL history to ever do so.
McDaivd is the ninth active player to score at least 50 goals in a season. Joining Alexander Ovechkin (who has done it an outstanding nine times), Steven Stamkos (twice), Auston Matthews, Chris Kreider, Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby, Corey Perry and teammate Leon Draisaitl who has done it twice. McDavid also became the sixth active player to have at least 50 goals and 100 points in the same season, joining Ovechkin (four times), Draisaitl (two times), Matthews, Malkin and Crosby.
If he scores 10 more goals, McDavid will become the sixth player to score at least 60 goals since 1995-96, joining Matthews (60 last season), Stamkos (60 in 2011-12), Ovechkin (65 in 2007-08), Mario Lemieux (69 in 1995-96) and Jaromir Jagr (62 in 1995-96). Prior to this season, McDavid's NHL career high was 44 goals, which he scored in 80 games last season. He is eight ahead of Boston Bruins winger David Pastrnak for the NHL lead. Is McDavid on his way to adding a Rocket to his already crowded mantle?
By: Chase Howard