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Ovechkin scores 50th goal as Capitals beat slumping Blues 4-1

Alex Ovechkin took his place in the NHL record book and helped the Washington Capitals keep pace in the playoff race.Ovechkin became the 11th player in NHL history to score 50 more goals in a season five times and added two assists as the Capitals beat the slumping St. Louis Blues 4-1 on Tuesday night. The two points gave the Capitals 85, four behind Columbus for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.Both the Blue Jackets and Capitals have three games left."We talked this morning about all we can do is control our situation," Washington coach Adam Oates said. "Try and focus on tonight, get a win and see what happens tomorrow."The Blues clinched a playoff spot in the Western Conference a while ago, but their hopes of a President's Trophy are fading.Maxim Lapierre had the only goal for St. Louis, which has lost a season-high three straight. The Blues have been outscored 12-3 during the losing streak. St. Louis has scored two or fewer goals in nine of its last 11 games."I thoug...

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