Thursday, March 19, 2009

Ovechkin gets goal No. 50

Thursday, 03.19.2009 / 8:10 PM / News
By Staff
Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals reached the 50-goal mark for the third time in his four NHL seasons when he scored 7:43 into Thursday night's game at Tampa Bay.Ovechkin became the first player in the League to reach the 50-goal mark this season when he took a pass from Nicklas Backstrom, raced down the right wing, cut toward the middle and zipped a shot past goaltender Mike McKenna from inside the right circle to give the Capitals a 1-0 lead.Ovechkin, 23, scored 52 goals as a rookie in 2005-06, when he won the Calder Trophy. He had 46 in 2006-07 and zoomed to 65 last season, becoming the first player to break the 60-goal mark in more than a decade. That earned him both the Rocket Richard Trophy as the NHL's top goal-scorer and the Hart Trophy as League MVP. He also took home the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's top scorer with 112 points.Ovechkin surpassed the 200-goal mark earlier this season, and Thursday's goal was his 213rd in 315 regular-season games, all with the Capitals, who chose him No. 1 in the 2004 Entry Draft.

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