WASHINGTON - Alex Ovechkin has joined Wayne Gretzky and Mike Bossy as the only players to reach at least 50 goals in four of their first five NHL seasons.
Ovechkin entered the Washington Capitals' game against the Atlanta Thrashers on Friday night with 48 goals, one behind league leader Sidney Crosby of Pittsburgh. But Ovechkin pulled even with Crosby with a goal in the second period, then got No. 50 in the third to pull ahead.
Ovechkin also had a first-period assist, helping him take over the league lead in points, too.
The Russian left wing's career high for goals in a season is 65, in 2007-08.
Washington has one more regular-season game, Sunday against Boston.