Capitals star Ovechkin makes NHL history after scoring 50th goal

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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