Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin Scores 28th Career Hat Trick vs. Panthers

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Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scored a hat trick during Friday’s clash against the Florida Panthers at Capital One Arena. The hat trick marked the 28th of his career. Ovechkin now has eighteen goals thus far.

His first of the night came on a power-play at the 2:50 mark in the second period, which gave the Capitals a 2-1 lead. Forward Tom Wilson and center Aliaksei Protas assisted.

It marked his sixteenth goal of the season. With the goal, Ovechkin passed Guy Lafleur (1,353 points) for 27th on the NHL’s all-time point list.

Fifty-six seconds later, Ovechkin’s second goal extended the Capitals’ lead, 3-1. Protas and center Evgeny Kuznetsov had the helpers.

His seventeenth goal moved him past Brendan Shanahan (1,354) for the 26th most points in NHL history and for the third-most career points by a left-winger (1,356 [trails Luc Robitaille (1,394) and Johnny Bucyk (1,369]).

Ovechkin also passed Brett Hull (78) for the most NHL regular-season games scoring at least one power-play goal and one even-strength goal.

He completed the hat trick and continued the Capitals’ lead, 4-2, at the 4:02 mark in the final frame. Kuznetsov and Wilson assisted.

Ovechkin picked up his eighteenth goal thus far and career goal No. 748. It was the first hat trick of the 2021-22 campaign. The hat trick also marked the 28th of his career, tied with Marcel Dionne and Bobby Hull for the sixth-most in NHL history.

He became the oldest player (36 years, 70 days) to score a hat trick for the Capitals. Peter Bondra (35 years, 295 days on Nov. 29, 2003) previously held that distinction.

Ovechkin recorded his 153rd career multi-goal game against Florida, leaving him two multi-goal games shy of passing Mario Lemieux (154) for the third-most in NHL history.

And for more Caps Dad content, he gave a fist bump at the glass to his oldest son Sergei:

Ovechkin has recorded 36 points in 21 games this season. His 1.71 points per game rate is a single-season career-high and he is currently on pace for 140 points over an 82-game season.

By Della Young

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