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Alex Ovechkin is the first player to hit 50 goals in five seasons in a couple decades. His powerplay goal (naturally) in the first period of Tuesday’s game against St Louis introduced Ovechkin to the company of eleven storied scorers– including names like Gretzky, Lemieux, and Bossy.

Number fifty was nifty– a quintessential Ovi shot from the Ovi spot, clanging off the crossbar on its way home. Ryan Miller didn’t stand a chance.

Ovechkin now leads the league in goals by — and this is fitting — eight. Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks has 42.

This is Ovechkin’s fifth 50-goal season, and first since 2009-10.

Ovechkin was mellow afterwards. “[The] puck was rolling and I just got lucky,” Ovechkin told Al Koken during intermission. “We’ll take it right now.”

Ovechkin seemed keenly aware of the situation his team is in, both tonight and on the season, but he took a moment to appreciate the achievement. “It’s hard to score fifty goals in this league,” Ovechkin said. “It’s always nice.”

Video: Joe Beninati’s Call of the Goal

Audio: John Walton’s Call of the Goal

 

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  • Jack Conness

    An absolute beauty. Definitely my favorite goal of his this season. What a bullet.

  • Zachary Adomanis

    I feel like it should be his 6th. 32 in a 48 game season last year.

  • Matthew Helm

    Big ovi fan, but these milestones are starting to feel empty with out a cup.

  • Steven Lemmeyer

    Pure bliss…bask in the glory that is Russian. http://www.gifcrap.com/g2data/albums/TV/Joffrey%20slow%20clap.gif

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    Lots of great players never play for championship teams. I’m sure you’ll persevere and find a way to appreciate this despite the adversity.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

  • Matthew Helm

    I know. I don’t want to take anything away from ovi. I’m just drunk on coors light.

  • Matt Lauer

    Also, let’s not forget that this team can be rebuilt and retooled within a reasonable window.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com Ian Oland

    Everyone is judging you here except Peter. #budlightlime

  • Ash

    It’s a privilege to watch him as much as we do, and I’ll never feel anything but lucky about it.

  • 70Caps

    Why does (almost) everyone forget that if you score from the faceoff circle on the PP almost every time and are greatly helping your team, you are not necessarily a horrible player?

  • factoryofsadness

    bud light lime? smh….
    #shiner

  • Myan

    Oh man, what about the juggling goal vs MTL? That was SWEET! So was the goal from zero angle vs Niemi in the first Sharks game..Ovi scores a lot of really great goals!

  • Myan

    Shout out to Carlson for settling down that rolling puck before passing it to him!

  • Shaun Phillips

    And to Wardo for that hacky sack move.

  • Rhino40

    They know It is coming…

    They try to prepare for It..

    They may even cheat…

    But they just can’t stop It.

    #ovispot

  • Eddie

    I just played John Walton’s call of the game and casually scrolled up to the .gif. Somehow or another, the call and the .gif were synced PERFECTLY. That totally made my day. Thanks for the good work you do.

  • Nickki

    Your first mistake there was the Coors Light :)