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Stamkos, Ovechkin share Richard Trophy lead

Thursday, 04.11.2013 / 2:20 PM / Features
By Corey Masisak  - NHL.com Staff Writer
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Stamkos, Ovechkin share Richard Trophy lead
NHL.com presents a look at Steven Stamkos, Alex Ovechkin and the other top contenders for the Richard Trophy this season.

The Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy has only been around for 13 years, but this has been a period of sniper parity compared to most eras of NHL history.

No player has claimed the Richard Trophy more than twice in its 13-year existence. The last 13-year period in NHL history where one player didn't lead the League goals at least three times was between 1937 and 1949.

Richard himself led the League for a third time in 1949-50, and from that point until this recent era, the NHL's goal-scoring title was dominated by Richard, Gordie Howe, Bobby Hull, Phil Esposito, Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Brett Hull and Teemu Selanne, who was the last player to do it three times -- 1992-93, 1997-98 and 1998-99.

This is relevant because the two players currently tied atop the NHL leaderboard in goals each have a pair of Richard trophies on their resumes. The Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin claimed the trophy in 2008 and 2009, while the Tampa Bay Lightning's Steven Stamkos won it last season and claimed a share of the award in 2010.

Here is a look at Stamkos, Ovechkin and the two other top contenders for the Richard Trophy this season, John Tavares of the New York Islanders and Los Angeles Kings forward Jeff Carter, as the season reaches the stretch run:


STEVEN STAMKOS
, LIGHTNING

2012-13: 26 goals in 39 games

Tuesday: Scored with 5:04 remaining to give Tampa Bay a 3-2 victory

Games remaining: 9

Upcoming schedule:

April 11 vs. Pittsburgh (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN) -- three goals in two games against the Penguins this season

April 13 at Washington -- no goals in three games

April 14 at Buffalo -- two goals in two games


ALEX OVECHKIN, CAPITALS

2012-13: 26 goals in 40 games

Tuesday: Scored in the second period of a 3-2 victory

Games remaining: 8

Upcoming schedule:

April 11 vs. Carolina -- three goals in four games

April 13 vs. Tampa Bay -- two goals in three games

April 16 vs. Toronto -- one goal in two games


JOHN TAVARES, ISLANDERS

2012-13: 24 goals in 40 games

Tuesday: Had a goal and an assist in a 4-1 victory

Games remaining: 8

Upcoming schedule:

April 11 at Boston -- zero goals in two games

April 13 vs. N.Y. Rangers -- two goals in three games

April 16 vs. Florida -- one goal in two games


JEFF CARTER, KINGS

2012-13: 23 goals in 40 games

Tuesday: No goals in a 5-1 loss

Games remaining: 8

Upcoming schedule:

April 11 vs. Colorado (10:30 p.m. ET, NHLN-US, NHLN-CA) -- one goal in two games

April 13 vs. Anaheim (11 p.m. ET, NHLN-US) -- two goals in three games

April 16 at San Jose (10:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN) -- no goals in two games