Ovechkin nets 50th goal in a Caps win

– Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 50th goal, reaching that mark for the sixth time and tying a team record with the 472nd of his career, and added an assist to help the Washington Capitals beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2 Tuesday night.

With his team pushing to make the playoffs, the three-time NHL MVP got No. 50 at 11:12 of the first period, giving Washington a 2-0 lead when he took a pass from Evgeny Kuznetsov and sent a shot from just inside the left circle past goalie Cam Ward.

Only five other players reached the half-century mark at least six times: Wayne Gretzky and Mike Bossy had nine such seasons, and Mario Lemieux, Marcel Dionne and Guy Lafleur had six.

The player known as Alex the Great scored his 48th and 49th goals in Washington's previous game, a 5-2 victory at the New York Rangers on Sunday.

HIGHLIGHTS

•DISAPPOINTING GIFT: The Red Wings lost at home 3-2 in a shootout to the Senators on Gordie Howe's 87th birthday. A message of thanks from the Hall of Famer was shown on the arena video board.

•END OF A STREAK: Nazem Kadri's first-period goal at 8:53 marked the first time the Maple Leafs held a lead in their last 541:08 of action, leading to a 3-1 win over the visiting Lightning.

•STILL LOSING: Jack Johnson's backhander 56 seconds into overtime helped the host Blue Jackets extend the Devils' losing streak to six with a 3-2 win.

•SCORING RUN: Brandon Pirri extended his streak to eight goals in 10 games with a second-period effort to help the Panthers defeat the Bruins in Boston.

•BACK ON TRACK: Henrik Lundqvist got his first win in his second start since missing 25 games with a neck injury in a 3-2 victory for the Rangers over the host Jets.

•NO SWEEP: The visiting Canucks won 5-4 in a shootout over the Predators to avoid the season sweep.

•CALVERT RETURNS: The Blue Jackets activated Matt Calvert off injured reserve after he missed 15 games with a concussion.

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