Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin scored his 50th goal of the season Tuesday in the first period of a 4-2 win against the Carolina Hurricanes.
It is the second straight season Ovechkin has scored 50, and the sixth time in his 10 NHL seasons.
The goal came on a feed from forward Evgeny Kuznetsov to Ovechkin on the left wing, where he scored on a wrist shot at 11:12.
Ovechkin joined Mike Bossy, Wayne Gretzky (nine each) and Marcel Dionne, Guy Lafleur and Mario Lemieux (six each) as the NHL players to have at least six 50-goal seasons.
"Every year, it's harder and harder," Ovechkin said. "But it's a huge accomplishment with those names up there. It's always nice. But every year, you don't know what to expect from yourself, how you are going to play."
The 29-year old has 472 NHL goals and 891 points, and tied Peter Bondra for the Capitals record in goals.
“I hadn’t been around anybody who's ever scored 50 goals in this league, especially the way it's so hard to score goals in this league," Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. "You know it's a part of history, a guy who scores 50 in this league right now the way the goal-scoring is. Teams check. The goaltenders are so good in the National Hockey League."