Looking at the wild stats behind Ovechkin's torrid start

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In case you haven't heard, Alex Ovechkin has set fire to the NHL to begin his 2017-18 campaign, potting seven goals in two games.

Ovi started with a natural hat-trick Wednesday, then followed up with a four goal performance Saturday night, marking a historic start for one of the most prolific goal scorers in NHL history.

Here's a look at some of the best stats and facts from Ovechkin's blistering start:

Rarefied air

He's slowly but surely moving up the all-time ranks, too, with a huge name up next:

Efficiency

More tidbits

  • Ovechkin's fired 14 shots on goal so far, earning him a 50 percent success rate through two games.
  • After a career-low 16 even strength goals in 2016-17, six of Ovechkin's goals this season have come at five-on-five.
  • As of now, Ovechkin is on pace for 287 goals this season. That would indeed be a new league record.
  • Linemate Evgeny Kuznetsov has assisted on all seven goals, six of which being primary helpers.

So, what's behind it all?

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