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Ovechkin scores 50th goal

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 50th goal to become Washington's first three-time 50-goal scorer, and defenseman Mike Green had two goals in the Capitals' 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night.

Ovechkin, who also had two assists, opened the scoring at 7:43 of the first period.

The 23-year-old Russian star took a pass from Nicklas Backstrom and carried the puck up the right side. Ovechkin deked Tampa Bay's Matt Pettinger out of position and snapped a wrist shot from the right circle past rookie goalie Mike McKenna.

Ovechkin has 213 goals in 315 career regular-season games. He had 52 goals as a rookie in 2005-06, 46 in 2006-07 and 65 last season.

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