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Race for the Rocket: Ovechkin first to 50

Apr 9, 2010, 11:09 PM EDT

Alex Ovechkin: 50 goals, one game remaining

Sidney Crosby: 49 goals, two games remaining

Steven Stamkos: 48 goals, two games remaining

Clearly Alex Ovechkin got a bit intimidated when Sidney Crosby did, then later didn’t, score his 50th goal of the season last night. Entering tonight’s game against the Thrashers, Ovechkin was sitting tied for second in goals with Steven Stamkos with 48.

As could be expected in front of the home crowd in Washington, the Great Eight wasn’t about to slow down as he scored two goals on the night to up his season total to 50.

Number 49

Number 50

Washington has one more game for Ovechkin to add to his goal total on Sunday against the ever-stingy and potentially playoff-desperate Boston Bruins. Coincidentally enough, Crosby will get his chance to score goal 50 against the same Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday and can pile on against the Islanders on Sunday. Meanwhile, Steven Stamkos will try to keep pace with the league mega-super-duper stars in a weekend set of games against Florida.

  1. Trey - Apr 10, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    I’m not sure how he was so “clearly intimidated” It looked like he was getting out of his slump and getting ready for the playoffs.

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