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Capitals star Alex Ovechkin reaches 50-goal mark for 5th time

Tuesday, 04.08.2014 / 9:15 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Capitals star Alex Ovechkin reaches 50-goal mark for 5th time

ST. LOUIS - Washington Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin became the 11th player in NHL history to score at least 50 goals in a season five times when he tallied on a power play in the first period Tuesday against the St. Louis Blues.

Ovechkin beat Blues goalie Ryan Miller with a one-timer from the left circle at 17:54 for his 50th goal overall and 23rd on the power play, both league highs.

This is Ovechkin's first 50-goal season since 2009-10 when he scored 50. His single-season high is 65 in the 2007-08 season.

The Washington winger is tied with Pavel Bure, Phil Esposito, Bobby Hull, Brett Hull and Steve Yzerman with five seasons of 50 or more goals.

Mike Bossy and Wayne Gretzky accomplished that nine times, and Marcel Dionne, Guy Lafleur and Mario Lemieux did it six times.

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