Flashback Friday: Snovechkin’s Hat Trick vs. Penguins 2/7/10


There is a big snowstorm in the DC metropolitan area this weekend that is expected to be over two feet. There are also two Caps games this weekend that could be affected. As of now, the Capitals are set to take on the Anaheim Ducks with puck drop at 5 p.m. It was originally supposed to be 7 p.m. but they moved the game up to make travel better. The Caps also host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday afternoon.

This isn’t the first time that the Capitals had some huge games going on during an epic snowstorm. Six years ago, “Snowmageddon” hit the DC area in February 2010. The Capitals were set to host the Thrashers on Friday and the Penguins that Sunday. The games would be on as scheduled. There were some empty seats at both games as a lot of fans got snowed in but the fans that were able to brave the storm that Sunday got to see a great game as the Capitals beat their rivals 5-4 in overtime. Both at that time and now, the Capitals had the best record in the league.

The Penguins were coming off a loss the day before to the Canadians 5-3 in Montreal. They began their journey to DC but it wouldn’t be any ordinary adventure. Instead of flying to DC, the team flew to Newark, New Jersey, and then took a bus to DC. They arrived at 2:15 a.m. just under 10 hours until puck drop.

The game started out rough for the home team as Sidney Crosby scored two goals in the first 10 minutes of the game to put the Penguins up 2-0. Midway through the second period, Alex Ovechkin scored on a breakaway to cut the deficit in half. He shot the puck with authority and it smashed the net cam.

Jordan Staal then scored two goals to put the visitors up 4-1 with less than seven minutes left in the second period. It put the Capitals in a tough hole to get out of, but there was no quit in them that afternoon. Eric Fehr scored with less than three minutes left in the second to make the score 4-2 at the intermission.

In the third period Ovechkin, or should I say “Snovechkin’, took over. He scored early in the third to make it a one-goal game. Then Ovechkin got the hat trick as he tied the game with 8:54 left in regulation on a one-timer off the faceoff.

In overtime, the Caps got a power play when Brooks Orpik got called for high-sticking Alexander Semin. The Caps converted on the power play 23 seconds later. Ovechkin’s shot was stopped by goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, but Mike Knuble was at the right place at the right time. Knuble was standing right in front of the net and he poked the loose puck through Fleury’s legs to send the fans home happy.

While we don’t know if this weekend’s games will be on or postponed, it wasn’t the first time that the Caps had some big games during big snowstorms. If the two games will be played we might be in for some incredible moments by some big players. Maybe Alex Snovechkin or T.J. Snowshie will come through.

By Michael Marzzacco

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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