Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals became the third player in NHL history to record eight or more 50-goal seasons Saturday night -- a list topped by Mike Bossy and Wayne Gretzky, who each had nine.
The goal came with 5:25 left in the third period of the Capitals' 6-3 road win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Ovechkin's 51st goal of the season came on a power play less than two minutes later.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Ovechkin is only the third player to score 50 goals in a season at age 33-or-older: Jaromir Jagr scored 54 at age 33 in 2005-06 and Johnny Bucyk scored 51 at age 35 in 1970-71.
"I've had a couple of chances in previous years to score 50, but I didn't,'' Ovechkin said. "You always want to do something special, obviously, but sometimes it's hard. I'm happy to get it done.''
Ovechkin's 51st goal of the season is also his 247th career power-play goal, tying Robitaille for fourth most in NHL history.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.