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.