Ovechkin reaches 50 goals in 5-2 victory over Thrashers

Baltimore Sun

Bidding for a third consecutive Most Valuable Player award, Alex Ovechkin took over the NHL lead in goals and points Friday night, scoring twice to reach 50 goals and adding an assist in the host Washington Capitals' 5-2 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers. Ovechkin set up Nicklas Backstrom's goal in the first period, then scored himself in the second and third. With one regular-season game left, Ovechkin leads the Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby by one goal and the Vancouver Canucks' Henrik Sedin by one point. Neither the Penguins nor the Canucks played Friday. Not much else of consequence was at stake in this game. League-best Washington already was assured of home-ice advantage throughout the postseason; Atlanta already knew it will miss the playoffs. Ovechkin joined Wayne Gretzky and Mike Bossy as the only players to score at least 50 goals in four of their first five NHL seasons. The Russian left wing's career-high total was 65 in 2007-08.

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