03/31 19:00 CDT Capitals LW Alex Ovechkin reaches 50 goals for 6th time
Capitals LW Alex Ovechkin reaches 50 goals for 6th time
By HOWARD FENDRICH
AP Sports Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) --- Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin became the sixth
player in NHL history to score at least 50 goals in six seasons, reaching the
milestone Tuesday night against the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Russian left wing netted his league-leading No. 50 a little more than 11
minutes into the first period, giving Washington a 2-0 lead when he took a pass
from Evgeny Kuznetsov and sent a shot from just inside the left circle past
goalie Cam Ward.
Only five other players have a half-dozen seasons in which they reached the
half-century mark: Wayne Gretzky and Mike Bossy did it nine times each, and
Mario Lemieux, Marcel Dionne and Guy Lafleur had six such seasons apiece.
The goal was the 472nd of Ovechkin's career, which tied him with Peter Bondra
for the most by a member of the Capitals.
Ovechkin, a three-time NHL MVP, is playing in his 10th season for Washington,
and Tuesday's game was his 755th, more than 200 fewer than Bondra's 961 with
Ovechkin already owned team records for points, power-play goals, game-winning
goals and shots.
He scored his 48th and 49th goals of the season in Washington's previous game,
a 5-2 victory at the New York Rangers on Sunday.
After getting his 50th, Ovechkin dropped his left knee to the ice and pumped
his right glove, then thrust both arms overhead. Many fans responded with
chants of "M-V-P! M-V-P!" and then rose to give him a standing ovation when the
goal was announced.
Under new coach Barry Trotz, Ovechkin moved back to left wing this season, his
primary position for most of his career. A year ago, he led the NHL with 51
goals while playing mostly on the right side under previous coach Adam Oates.
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