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Ovechkin uses hat trick to reach 50 goals

Capitals forward scores three against Blues to hit mark for seventh time @NHLdotcom

Ovechkin nets the hat trick

WSH@STL: Ovechkin notches 50th goal, gets hat trick

4/9/16: Alex Ovechkin gets a pass from Nicklas Backstrom and drills his 50th goal into the twine, picking up the hat trick in the 3rd period

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Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin reached 50 goals this season with a hat trick against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.

Ovechkin scored at 4:04 and 6:49 of the first period, and 10:35 into the third period. He has five goals in his past three games.

"The guys tried to find me out there," Ovechkin said. "I just have to put it in. It's harder and harder to score goals in this League, so I'm excited.

"... I knew right away in the first period I had a chance to score another one. It was a special moment."

It is his seventh 50-goal season in the NHL and third in a row. He scored his 500th goal on Jan. 10, and has 525 in 839 games.

He will lead the NHL in goals for the seventh time.

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