Alex Ovechkin became the fourth NHL player to reach 40 goals in at least 10 seasons when he scored for the Washington Capitals in a 5-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Sunday.
Wayne Gretzky had 12 40-goal seasons, the most in NHL history. Marcel Dionne and Mario Lemieux each had 10.
It's the eighth time in Ovechkin's 13 full NHL seasons that he reached 40 goals first. The only other players in NHL history who were first to score 40 in a season at least five times are Bobby Hull (six times) and Phil Esposito (five).
Ovechkin and Lemieux are the only players in NHL history with at least 10 40-goal seasons with one team. Lemieux reached 40 goals 10 times for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Ovechkin gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead at 4:58 of the first period when he scored with a one-timer from the left face-off circle.
The 33-year-old scored his 40th goal in his 58th game of the season. Last season, he did it in his 65th game and finished with an NHL-leading 49. He is on pace to finish the season with 56 goals, which would be the second-highest total of his NHL career; he scored 65 in 2007-08.
Ovechkin has 647 goals in 14 seasons, nine shy of Brendan Shanahan for 13th in NHL history.