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Capitals' Alex Ovechkin Notches 5th 50-Goal Season

Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin (8), from Russia, pauses on the ice during a timeout in the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Dallas Stars, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Alex Brandon
Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffApril 9, 2014

Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin scored his 50th goal of the season in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the St. Louis Blues.

With the Capitals barely clinging to their postseason hopes, the star winger turned in one of his finest performances of the campaign, recording two assists on top of the goal.

Ovechkin, who comfortably leads the NHL in goals this season, found twine with a vicious one-timed slap shot on a power play with less than three minutes remaining in the first period.

After kicking off the game's scoring, Ovechkin would later pick up assists on a pair of goals by Nicklas Backstrom, bringing the Russian star's season-long points total to 77, matching Backstrom and Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall for seventh-best in the league.

Unfortunately for Caps fans, Ovi also owns the league's second-worst plus/minus rating, with his minus-34 sticking out like a sore thumb.

While that doesn't account for Ovechkin's tremendous work on the power play—23 goals and 15 assists—it's still a troubling indicator of the Capitals' struggles at even strength.

Headed for another disappointing finish, the Caps could undoubtedly use some major changes in the offseason.

One thing that won't change: Having a five-time 50-goal scorer on the roster.

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