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The Milestone: Alexander Ovechkin hasn't scored 50 goals yet this season, but when he does, the Russian will join elite company. He'll be one of the few NHL players to have scored 50 goals in five different seasons.
How did he do it? Ovechkin got an early start. He reached the 50-goal mark as a rookie and then did the same three other times in his first five seasons. Despite falling off in recent years, his outstanding resurgence one year ago gave way to this season, where he'll eventually score 50 (currently at 46) again.
Can he extend it? There are very few players in the game's history to score 50 goals in five different seasons. The list: Bobby Hull, Phil Esposito, Guy Lafleur, Marcel Dionne, Mike Bossy, Wayne Gretzky, Steve Yzerman, Brett Hull, Mario Lemieux and Pavel Bure. Ovechkin would be the 11th to do it in NHL history. He could score 50 goals again based on age (he is 28) and skill level (he is still in his prime).