Caps forward Ovechkin posts eighth 50-goal National Hockey League season

Caps forward Ovechkin posts eighth 50-goal National Hockey League season

Caps forward Ovechkin posts eighth 50-goal National Hockey League season

Surpassing the threshold for the eighth time, Ovechkin is now one half-century scoring season away from matching Gretzky and Mike Bossy for the National Hockey League record of nine seasons with 50 goals.

TAMPA, FL - MARCH 30: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals celebrates his 50th goal of the season with teammate Nicklas Backstrom and against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on March 30, 2019 in Tampa, Florida.

Backstrom gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead at 7:24 of the first period with a one-timer from of the slot off a pass from Wilson.

Defenseman and Norris Trophy candidate Victor Hedman left Tampa Bay's 6-3 loss to the Capitals on Saturday after delivering a hard hit to Washington forward Carl Hagelin. At 33 years old, Ovechkin is just the fourth player to score at least 50 goals at this age or older.

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His 51st came less than two minutes later on a power play.

Oshie made it 2-0 at 10:45 when he knocked in the rebound of a Nick Jensen shot.

Johnson scored unassisted to make it 4-2 at 3:36 of the third period. The Lightning presented captain Steven Stamkos with a commemorative silver stick for breaking the franchise record for career goals. Washington C Evgeny Kuznetsov extended his scoring streak to three games.

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