Washington at Tampa Bay

Ovechkin becomes first three-time 50-goal scorer for Capitals


TAMPA, Fla. -- Alexander Ovechkin made history -- and made some people mad, too.

Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 50th goal to become Washington's first three-time 50-goal scorer, and defenseman Mike Green had two goals in the Capitals' 5-2 victory over Tampa Bay on Thursday.

After the first-period goal, Ovechkin followed through with a plan to put his stick on the ice and pretend to warm his hands over it.

"I think he's a terrific player. He went down a notch in my books after that," Lightning interim coach Rick Tocchet said. "It's not something I like. It's hard for me to accept, to see something like that in our building."

Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said he planned to speak to Ovechkin about the orchestrated showmanship.

"He has never done that with me that I've seen," Boudreau said. "He celebrates, but I think that was a little planned out."

Green knew what to expect when Ovechkin reached the milestone, but he preferred to admire it from a distance.

"He told me he was going to do it," Green said. "He wanted me to join in, but there was no way I'd join in on that. I just kind of stood back and let him do what he does."

Ovechkin, who also had two assists, opened the scoring 7:43 into the first period.

The 23-year-old Russian star took a pass from center Nicklas Backstrom and carried the puck up the right side. Ovechkin deked Matt Pettinger out of position and snapped a wrist shot from the right circle past rookie goalie Mike McKenna.

"It feels pretty good actually," Ovechkin said. "Today was a lucky goal, I think. It's done right now. No pressure. Nothing."

Ovechkin, who has 213 goals in 315 career regular-season games, had 52 goals as a rookie in 2005-06, 46 in 2006-07 and 65 last season.

Ovechkin also assisted on third-period goals by Green and Michael Nylander. Viktor Kozlov notched his second and third assists of the game on those goals.

Matt Bradley sealed the victory with a goal at the 12:26 mark.

Tampa Bay rookie center Steven Stamkos answered Ovechkin's goal with a power-play score with 2:21 left in the first period, but Green -- the NHL leader among defensemen with 27 goals -- put the Capitals back in front 10 seconds before the intermission.

Right wing Martin St. Louis tied it at 2 with 4:06 remaining in the second period. He has five goals and five assists during a seven-game points streak.

Washington has won nine straight against Tampa Bay, which hasn't defeated its Southeast Division rival since Nov. 16, 2007. The Lightning have allowed four or more goals in each of the past six meetings.


  • Washington LW Donald Brashear sat out his fifth consecutive game because of a sprained knee.
  • Washington has won seven of its past eight road games.
  • Tampa Bay has lost five straight and eight of nine at home.
  • The Capitals hold a 21-9 scoring advantage in the four meetings this season.
  • Capitals goalie Simeon Varlamov made 26 saves. McKenna finished with 25.
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Alexander Ovechkin has scored 213 goals in 315 regular-season games. (Getty Images)
Alexander Ovechkin has scored 213 goals in 315 regular-season games. (Getty Images)
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M. Green

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
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Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
M. Lashoff

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2

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Scoring Summary
07:43Alex Ovechkin (50), Snap Shot. Assist: Backstrom
17:39Power Play - Steven Stamkos (16), Wrist Shot. Assist: Lecavalier, Lashoff
19:50Mike Green (26), Slap Shot. Assist: Morrisonn, Kozlov
15:54Martin St. Louis (27), Wrist Shot. Assist: Malone, Lashoff
01:48Mike Green (27), Wrist Shot. Assist: Kozlov, Ovechkin
07:38Power Play - Michael Nylander (8), Tip-In. Assist: Kozlov, Ovechkin
12:26Matt Bradley (5), Snap Shot. Assist: Morrisonn, Steckel
Penalty Summary
06:34Semin, 2 min, Hooking
07:06Malone, 2 min, Interference
17:25Semin, 2 min, Hooking
18:07Schultz, 2 min, Tripping
18:55Malone, 2 min, Interference
10:11Jurcina, 2 min, Elbowing
19:12Pettinger, 2 min, High-Sticking
19:12Jurcina, 2 min, High-Sticking
06:34Stamkos, 2 min, Tripping
09:46Melichar, 2 min, Hooking
Shots On Goal
Tampa Bay913628
Simeon Varlamov59:53262
Mike McKenna59:57255
Game Information
Attendance - 16541
Referees - Kerry Fraser, Greg Kimmerly
Linesmen - Mike Cvik, Scott Cherrey
Other Games
Mon 4 Final
Ott 5
Nash 2 Final
SJ 3
Tor 1 Final
Fla 3
Ana 3 Final
Pho 2
Edm 8 Final
Colo 1
LA 3 Final
Bos 2
StL 0 Final
Van 3