- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 19, 2009

TAMPA, FLA. (AP) - Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 50th goal of the season Thursday night to become the Washington Capitals’ first three-time 50-goal scorer.

Ovechkin opened the scoring for the Capitals against Tampa Bay, beating goalie Mike McKenna with a wrist shot at 7:43 of the first period.

The Russian star has 213 goals in 315 career regular-season games. He had 52 goals as a rookie in 2005-06, 46 in 2006-07 and 65 last season.

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