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Capitals' Ovechkin notches fifth career 50-goal season with goal vs. St. Louis

By Darian Somers

For the fifth time in his career, Alex Ovechkin has scored 50 goals in a season.

His 50th this time came on the power play during the first period against St. Louis as he beat Ryan Miller with a trademark one-timer. The goal was Ovechkin's 23rd with the man advantage, which is a new franchise record for the Capitals.

It took Ovechkin 75 games to reach the 50 mark -- the first time he's done it since 2009-10, when he scored 50 in 72.

He also accomplished the feat in 2005-06, 2007-08, 2008-09, and has never failed to finish a 50-goal season with less than 100 points, including his career-high of 112 in '07-'08.  Ovechkin now has 75 points with seven games remaining in the regular season.

He's also a minus-35, his career worst. Unless something miraculous happens, it will be the first time he's ever produced a 50-goal campaign with a negative rating.

 

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