Alexander Ovechkin notches hat trick, extends lead in NHL purpose scoring race | NHL

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Alexander Ovechkin cannot cease scoring.

The Washington Capitals’ star headed into Tuesday main the NHL with 33 objectives on the season. He ended the day with three extra tallies to his title, scoring in every interval and including an help within the Capitals’ 7-6 loss to the visiting San Jose Sharks.

His first purpose got here on the ability play, when Ovechkin pounced on a rebound and flipped the puck previous a helpless Martin Jones halfway by means of the primary interval.

Within the second interval, Ovechkin struck once more. The 33-year-old obtained a drop cross from Nicklas Backstrom earlier than unleashing a fast shot from the highest of the face off circle that evaded Jones.

Ovechkin accomplished his hat trick early within the third interval. The Capitals sped into the Sharks’ zone with an odd-man rush and Jakub Vrána discovered the Russian with a cross-ice cross. Ovechkin made no mistake, one-timing the puck past Jones’ proper pad.

Ovechkin’s third of the sport had given the Capitals a two-goal cushion, however the Sharks battled again to win it in time beyond regulation. Tomas Hertl led the Sharks with a hat trick of his personal, whereas Evander Kane despatched the sport to the additional interval with a game-tying purpose lower than a second earlier than the top of regulation.

Regardless of his staff’s capitulation, Ovechkin nonetheless had an evening to recollect. His hat trick pushed him to 36 objectives on the yr, giving him a six-goal benefit over the three gamers (John Tavares, Brayden Level and Jeff Skinner) at the moment tied for second place.

As well as, his first purpose on Tuesday elevated Ovechkin to 14th place on the NHL’s all-time purpose scoring chart.

The reigning Maurice Richard Trophy and Conn Smythe Trophy winner additionally joined the highest 10 for many hat methods in a profession, surpassing Teemu Selanne within the course of.

Lastly, Ovechkin inched nearer to turning into the highest-scoring Russian born participant in league historical past. He is only a single level behind Sergei Fedorov after his prolific evening in opposition to the Sharks.

Ovechkin will get an opportunity so as to add extra objectives to his tally when the Capitals meet the struggling Maple Leafs in Toronto on Wednesday.





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