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Video: Ovechkin hits 50-goal mark for fifth time

Dallas Stars v Washington Capitals

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 01: during an NHL game at Verizon Center on April 1, 2014 in Washington, DC. The Dallas Stars won, 5-0. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***

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Alex Ovechkin seems primed to be remembered as the most prolific goal producer of his era ... and easily the most criticized snipers as well.

However you feel about the Washington Capitals star and his constantly critiqued defense/leadership/[insert intangibles], one cannot debate the fact that he is now a five-time 50+ goal scorer. Not bad for a guy who’s only 28.

Ovechkin hit the 50-goal mark against the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday:

We’ll know by the end of this week if Ovechkin ends up being the only player who manages to cross the 50-goal mark this season. As of this writing, Corey Perry is the only scorer who crossed the 40-goal threshold; he has 42 with three games left with the Anaheim Ducks.

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