A Hat Trick, Because Why Not? Alex Ovechkin Caps Off 2022 With A Hat Trick Against the Montreal Canadiens

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Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin capped of the Year 2022 in style with a hat trick against the Montreal Canadiens, a night that saw the Caps demolish the Habs thanks in part to Ovechkin’s first two goals plus one.

Ovechkin scored his 24th goal of the 2022-23 regular season, on assists from Trevor van Riemsdyk and Lars Eller, in the second period of the Caps’ matchup against the Habs.

The goal gives Ovechkin the record for most goals scored by a player aged 37 or older, moving him past Brendan Shanahan’s 23 goals scored in the 2006-07 season.

Additionally the goal (his 50th regular season tally of the calendar Year 2022) ties The Great Eight with NHL great Mike Bossy for the most seasons with 50 goals in a calendar year (8).

Ovechkin scored a second goal on the power play in the third period against Montreal, giving him his sixth multi-goal game of the season and his 164th overall; only Wayne Gretzky’s 189 multi-goal games outpace the Caps’ captain.

With his 25th goal, Ovechkin tied former Capitals forward Mike Gartner for the most in NHL history, with the 2022-23 campaign making 17.

Ovechkin’s third goal capped a nine-spot put up by Washington to close out New Year’s Eve, giving him 30 three-goal performances in his career.

The goal gives The Great Eight his second hatty of the season.

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. Michael joined the NoVa Caps team in 2015, and is most proud of the growth of the NoVa Caps community in that time. An avid photographer, Michael resides in VA.
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7 Responses to A Hat Trick, Because Why Not? Alex Ovechkin Caps Off 2022 With A Hat Trick Against the Montreal Canadiens

  1. I mean, why not? Mind-blowing win tonight

  2. novafyre says:

    Toronto Sun has called for Canada to deny Ovi a visa when the Caps go to Toronto Jan 29.

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      Lol, I heard that. Xenophobic losers.

      • novafyre says:

        I hope that the NHL stands strong for their Russian players and if Canada does deny the visa move the game to DC.

        • Jon Sorensen says:

          We will boycot Labatt’s Blue…or whatever they export.

          • novafyre says:

            They export a lot of hockey players, Sid the Kid being number 1. They also hold the Stanley Cup.

            This could be a real problem. I don’t like Trudeau, his stand against guns or his stand against the truckers. I don’t trust him. He could do it as a PR stunt which means that the NHL would then seriously have to decide their response. Their position has been that they stand by and support all their Russian players. I hope that this would continue to be their response. If it happens, to me the correct move would be to reschedule the game to the US. Same for any other game this year involving Ovi and lack of a Canadian visa.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Ovi trying to pass Gretzky this season.

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