Capitals star Alex Ovechkin makes NHL history after scoring 50th goal

Alex Ovechkin added to his illustrious resume Saturday.

The Captials star winger scored his 50th goal of the season in the team’s 6-3 win over the Lightening. It was the eighth time in Ovechkin’s career that he’s had 50-or-more goals in a single season, and he’s only the third player in NHL history to accomplish the feat eight or more times.

He joins a list of hockey legends Mike Bossy and Wayne Gretzky, who each had nine.

It wasn’t long after Ovechkin’s 50th, that he scored his 51st goal. 

Ovechkin, 33, became became the third oldest player in league history to record a 50-goal season — at the top of that list sits Jaromir Jagr (34), who scored 50 in the 2005-06 season and Johnny Bucyk (35) who has held the record for the oldest player since the 1970-71 season.

But, there’s more.

Ovechkin scored his 247th career power-play goal in the process and eclipsed Phil Esposito for sole possession of fifth and tied Luc Robitaille (247) for fourth on the NHL’s all-time list.

The Capitals already clinched a spot in the playoffs on March 28. They have just three regular-season games left on their schedule.