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Capitals star Ovechkin makes NHL history after scoring 50th goal

March 31 2019 4:55 AM

Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin added to his illustrious resume on Saturday.

The winger scored his 50th goal of the season in the team's 6-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

It was the eighth time in Ovechkin's career that he has had 50-or-more goals in a single season, and he is only the third player in NHL history to accomplish the feat eight or more times.

He joins a list of hockey greats in Mike Bossy and Wayne Gretzky, who each had nine.

Ovechkin, 33, became  the third oldest player in league history to record a 50-goal season. At the top of that list sits Jaromir Jagr (34), who scored 50 in the 2005-06 season and Johnny Bucyk (35), who has held the record for the oldest player since the 1970-71 season.

Ovechkin scored his 247th career power-play goal in the process and eclipsed Phil Esposito for sole possession of fifth and tied Luc Robitaille (247) for fourth on the NHL's all-time list.

The Capitals already clinched a spot in the playoffs on March 28. They have just three regular-season games left on their schedule.

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