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Campbellnomics - March 18

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As his team battles for a playoff spot, Alex Ovechkin is scoring some clutch goals. (Photo by Greg Fiume/NHLI via Getty Images) Author: The Hockey News

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Campbellnomics - March 18

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At thehockeynews.com, we don't ask how or even how many. We ask: How many of them were important?

That's the crux behind Campbellnomics, a statistic unique to THN.com that measures meaningful goals. We're not concerned with who scores the sixth goal in a 6-1 game. We're more concerned with the players who can be counted on to contribute when it matters most.

And since goals should be worth more than assists, goals in this system count for one point, assists for a half. And points are awarded only when the following goals are scored: the first goal of a game, a goal that puts the team ahead or into a tie, game-winning goals, overtime goals and shootout goals.

Some goals are worth more than one point. For example, the first goal of the game is always worth two points, one for the first of the game and another for putting the team ahead. So if a player scores the shootout winner in a 1-0 victory, as Nigel Dawes did for the Rangers on March 9, that player receives four points - one for the first goal of the game, one for putting his team ahead, one for the game-winner and one for the shootout.

Campbellnomics
RK. NHL RK. NAME TEAM FIRST AHEAD TIE GWG OT SOG TOTAL
        G A G A G A G A G A G  
1 1 Alex Ovechkin Wsh 8 7 19 14 10 10 11 4 2 2 1 69.5
2 3 Jarome Iginla Cgy 7 9 21 16 7 7 10 5 2   3 68.5
  5 Pavel Datsyuk Det 10 13 15 20 5 9 7 13     4 68.5
4 9 Henrik Zetterberg Det 11 7 17 16 6 6 6 7   1 3 61.5
5 6 Joe Thornton SJ 4 21 11 32 2 10 4 12 1   1 59.5
6 43 Ales Hemsky Edm 6 11 12 16 7 10 6 2     6 56.5
7 2 Evgeni Malkin Pit 7 10 12 22 7 11 3 8       55
8 40 Rick Nash Clb 8 7 15 13 9   7 3     4 54.5
  19 Marian Gaborik Min 6 10 15 14 4 9 7 4 2 2 1 54.5
10 56 Brad Boyes StL 8 6 18 7 8 6 6 1     3 53
11 4 Vincent Lecavalier TB 7 7 12 13 6 10 7 8   1 1 52.5
  11 Mats Sundin Tor 2 12 8 17 10 9 6 7   2 3 52.5
13 28 Sidney Crosby Pit 6 11 12 22   7 6 11   1 2 52
14 7 Ilya Kovalchuk Atl 3 5 11 10 15 4 5 4 1 2 3 50.5
15 17 Alexei Kovalev Mtl 8 9 12 13 6 6 4 7 1   1 50
  24 Daniel Sedin Van 6 7 12 16 4 3 8 7 2 1 1 50
17 6 Jason Spezza Ott 8 7 12 15 2 6 6 8     3 49
18 21 Olli Jokinen Fla 3 4 7 11 11 11 6 6 1 2 3 48.5
  29 Scott Gomez NYR 8 9 10 21 3 5 4 8   2 1 48.5
20 8 Daniel Alfredsson Ott 4 8 13 12 4 3 6 11 1 1 2 47.5

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