The 50-goal seasons of Alex Ovechkin

Posted on April 09, 2014 by John Walton

Click here for a listen to Alex Ovechkin's five different 50-goal seasons with the Washington Capitals


April 13, 2006: Ovechkin beat Atlanta Thrashers goalie Mike Dunham in the 79th game of the season and became the first rookie since Teemu Selanne (1992-93) to score 50 goals in his freshman season. 

"It's the golden moment in a sparkling rookie year," Joe Beninati said on Comcast Sportsnet.

Ovechkin and Selanne remain the only players in NHL history to record 50 goals and 100 during their rookie season. Two months later, Ovechkin received the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s Rookie of the Year.

March 3, 2008: Ovechkin beat Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas in the 67th game of the season and joined Dennis Maruk and Peter Bondra as the only three players in Capitals history with multiple 50-goal seasons.

Ovechkin's 50th goal was the first of three he scored in the first period alone that night as the Capitals built a 6-0 lead in the opening 20 minutes before beating the Bruins 10-2 from Verizon Center.

Beginning with the blowout win against Boston, the Capitals closed out the 2007-08 season on a 13-3-0 run, capturing the Southeast Division on the final night of the regular season. Ovechkin would finish with a career-high and NHL-best 65 goals and 112 points and win his first of three MVP awards.

March 19, 2009: Ovechkin beat Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Mike McKenna in the 73rd game of the season for his 50th goal of the season, and quickly dropped his stick to the ice as part of an elaborate goal celebration.

Ovechkin drew criticism for his ‘hot stick’ antics, but it didn’t seem to bother teammates Brooks Laich and Mike Green who met Ovechkin with a shaving cream pie in the Caps’ dressing room following the 5-2 win.

Ovechkin would finish the season with an NHL-best 56 goals and a second straight MVP award. The Capitals went on to win their second straight Southeast Division title.

April 9, 2010: Ovechkin beat Atlanta Thrashers goalie Ondrej Pavelec in the 81st game of the season and joined Wayne Gretzky and Mike Bossy as the only players in NHL history to record 50 goals in four of his first five NHL seasons.

The Capitals went on to beat the Thrashers 5-2 for their franchise record 54th win of the season, while Nicklas Backstrom registered his first career 100 point season. Prior to the game, the Caps were presented with the Presidents’ Trophy, having already clinched the top record in the NHL’s regular-season.

April 8, 2014: Ovechkin beat St. Louis Blues goalie Ryan Miller in the 79th game of the season to become the 11th player in NHL history to record 50 goals in at least five seasons.

Ovechkin's 50th goal was also his 23rd power play tally of the 2013-14 campaign, establishing a new single season franchise record.

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