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Russian sportswriter downplays Gretzky's record citing inferior competition

Mike Olivson   ·   23 février 2020
As Alexander Ovechkin blew by the 700 goal mark and has set his sights on Wayne Gretzky's record 894 regular season goals, some interesting reactions are coming from overseas.

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Ivan Shitik, writing for Sport Express, alluded to the fact that the goalies who faced Gretzky were smaller on average than the goalies Ovechkin sees on a regular basis. "He has already proven himself the greatest sniper in history. When Gretzky was scoring, 70, 80, even 90 a season, he was scoring on thin idiots, afraid to come out of their net, unable to properly stand on skates," writes Shitik. "Wayne also had no shortage of help on his team."

"Ovechkin has spent his entire career going through rough and vicious defensemen. In his path were large, quality goalkeepers, wearing equipment that was big enough to train guard dogs."



Meanwhile, Ovechkin's wife Anastasiya was much more measured in her interview with Sport24.ru. "Deep in his soul, he wants [the record]," she said. "It would be strange if he didn't think about it. I'm sure these are amazing moments for him and he is in awe of all the records. But his priority is his team and the Stanley Cup. He wants to win at least one more."

Sources: Sport Express

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