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Alexander Ovechkin shows off puck that notched fifth 50-goal season (pics/vid)

Alexander Ovechkin placed himself in some pretty heady NHL company on Tuesday night when he notched his 50th goal of the season during the Washington Capitals’ 4-1 win over the St. Louis Blues.

This is the fifth time Ovi has notched fifty goals in a season, and in doing so, joins Steve Yzerman, Brett Hull, Bobby Hull, Phil Esposito and Pavel Bure in a tie for sixth in all-time 50-goal seasons. Mike Bossy and Wayne Gretzky have the most in NHL history with nine and Marcel Dionne, Guy Lafleur and Mario Lemieux each have six 50-goal seasons apiece.

“It means a lot,” Ovechkin said, via “That’s a big number and it’s going to be there my whole life.

“It’s history. It’s nice to be with that company and I’m pretty sure my family is very happy and proud of me. It’s a big number.”

After the game, Ovechkin posted photos to his Instagram account of him proudly holding up the puck that he put behind Blues goalie Ryan Miller before it clanged off the post and into the net at the 17:54 mark of the first period.

Perhaps just as important as the milestone goal itself is that the 4-1 win keeps the Caps in the mix for a postseason berth. Washington sits four points back of current eighth-seeded Columbus Blue Jackets. Both teams have three games remaining.