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Ovechkin's hat trick carries Capitals

Feb 1, 2009 - 10:15 PM
WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- After admitting he was "sleepy" for Saturday's matinee against Detroit, Alex Ovechkin was ready for the Washington Capitals' second straight game with a 12:30 p.m. starting time.

The reigning Hart Trophy winner recorded his seventh career hat trick and second of the season Sunday, powering the Capitals to a 7-4 victory over the Ottawa Senators.

"I go to bed really early, like 8 (p.m.) and wake up again at 6:30 (a.m.)," he said. "I kind of feel pretty good today."

Ovechkin, who increased his NHL-leading goal total to 36, has scored five goals in the last two games. He tallied twice in the third period of Saturday's 4-2 win over the Red Wings.

"You could tell that his shot was on today," Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said. "He was just on, he could have had a couple more."

Still, like most hockey players, Ovechkin admitted that he is not an early riser.

When asked if he likes getting up early, Ovechkin tersely answered, "No!"

The good news for Ovechkin is that there aren't any more 12:30 p.m. games left this season for the Capitals. Washington has one game at 1 p.m. and four at 3 p.m. remaining on its schedule.

"He can hate anything," Boudreau said.

The dynamic superstar is nearing a milestone as his next goal will be the 200th of his career.

"That's going to be a minuscule milestone," Boudreau said. "He's going to get (to 300, 400 and 500 career goals) and maybe more."

While Ovechkin seems headed for his third 50-goal season in four years in the NHL, he is slightly off last season's pace when he scored a career-high 65.

"I think it was about this time last year he started to get into a pretty good groove and started to kind of take over," Boudreau said. "Hopefully, he's about to do the same thing."

A year ago, Ovechkin entered February with 43 goals after scoring four times, including the overtime winner, in a 5-4 victory over Montreal on January 31.

Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson opened the scoring with the first of his two goals 3:31 into the contest, but the Capitals responded with four straight, including two by Ovechkin, who completed his hat trick with 4:29 left in the second to make it 6-2.

"He's the star of the league," Senators coach Craig Hartsburg said. "People pay a lot of money to come watch him play and he performs every night. He's certainly worth the price of admission - not for the other team, but certainly for the fans."

Defenseman Mike Green scored on the power play 9:43 into the first to get Washington even and Ovechkin registered his first 49 seconds later to give the Capitals the lead for good.

Green, who leads NHL blue-liners with 15 goals and had three assists Sunday, was amazed when he heard of Ovechkin's dislike for matinees - especially Ovechkin registered five points in the back-to-back contests.

"He hates them?" Green said. "I don't know how many points he's got in two games, so I don't know how he can hate them."

The Senators made it interesting in the third, pulling within 6-4 on Dany Heatley's power-play goal with 8:22 remaining.

"I didn't feel it was that bad an effort from our side," Alfredsson said. "They made some great shots."

Ottawa was handed another power play less than a minute later when Green slashed Jarkko Ruutu from behind on a breakaway, preventing Ruutu from getting off a good shot.

The Capitals killed off the ensuing power play, then clinched the win when Nicklas Backstrom scored into an empty net from deep in his own zone with 24 seconds remaining.






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    Senators 4, Capitals 7  FinalFeb 1 3:35 PM


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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    OTTAWA 1 1 2 4
    WASHINGTON 2 4 1 7 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: OTT - DANIEL ALFREDSSON 13 (DANY HEATLEY, JASON SPEZZA) 3:31
    WAS - (PP) MIKE GREEN 15 (NICKLAS BACKSTROM) 9:43
    WAS - (PP) ALEX OVECHKIN 34 (MIKE GREEN, SERGEI FEDOROV)
    10:32
    2ND PRD: WAS - ERIC FEHR 4 (JEFF SCHULTZ,

    Feb 1 3:02 PM


  • NHL
    OTTAWA 4
    WASHINGTON 7
    3RD PRD: WAS - (EN) NICKLAS BACKSTROM 13 (MIKE GREEN) 19:36

    Senators 4, Capitals 7  3rd - 0:24Feb 1 2:59 PM


  • NHL
    OTTAWA 4
    WASHINGTON 6
    3RD PRD: OTT - (PP) DANY HEATLEY 22 (UNASSISTED) 11:28

    Senators 4, Capitals 6  3rd - 8:32Feb 1 2:47 PM


  • NHL
    OTTAWA 3
    WASHINGTON 6
    3RD PRD: OTT - ANTOINE VERMETTE 6 (CHRIS KELLY, MIKE FISHER) 7:56

    Senators 3, Capitals 6  3rd - 12:04Feb 1 2:38 PM
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    Senators 2, Capitals 6  End of 2ndFeb 1 2:24 PM
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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    OTTAWA 1 1 2
    WASHINGTON 2 4 6 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: OTT - DANIEL ALFREDSSON 13 (DANY HEATLEY, JASON SPEZZA) 3:31
    WAS - (PP) MIKE GREEN 15 (NICKLAS BACKSTROM) 9:43
    WAS - (PP) ALEX OVECHKIN 34 (MIKE GREEN, SERGEI FEDOROV)
    10:32
    2ND PRD: WAS - ERIC FEHR 4 (J

    Feb 1 2:08 PM


  • NHL
    OTTAWA 2
    WASHINGTON 6
    2ND PRD: WAS - ALEX OVECHKIN 36 (SERGEI FEDOROV) 15:31

    Senators 2, Capitals 6  2nd - 4:29Feb 1 1:59 PM


  • NHL
    OTTAWA 2
    WASHINGTON 5
    2ND PRD: WAS - ALEXANDER SEMIN 19 (MIKE GREEN, BROOKS LAICH) 13:07

    Senators 2, Capitals 5  2nd - 6:53Feb 1 1:55 PM


  • NHL
    OTTAWA 2
    WASHINGTON 4
    2ND PRD: OTT - DANIEL ALFREDSSON 14 (ANTON VOLCHENKOV, CHRIS PHILLIPS)
    5:01

    Senators 2, Capitals 4  2nd - 14:59Feb 1 1:41 PM


  • NHL
    OTTAWA 1
    WASHINGTON 4
    2ND PRD: WAS - ALEX OVECHKIN 35 (SERGEI FEDOROV, VIKTOR KOZLOV) 2:15

    Senators 1, Capitals 4  2nd - 17:45Feb 1 1:37 PM


  • NHL
    OTTAWA 1
    WASHINGTON 3
    2ND PRD: WAS - ERIC FEHR 4 (JEFF SCHULTZ, TOMAS FLEISCHMANN) 0:46

    Senators 1, Capitals 3  2nd - 19:14Feb 1 1:32 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    OTTAWA 1 1
    WASHINGTON 2 2 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: OTT - DANIEL ALFREDSSON 13 (DANY HEATLEY, JASON SPEZZA) 3:31
    WAS - (PP) MIKE GREEN 15 (NICKLAS BACKSTROM) 9:43
    WAS - (PP) ALEX OVECHKIN 34 (MIKE GREEN, SERGEI FEDOROV)
    10:32
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2N

    Feb 1 1:13 PM


  • NHL
    OTTAWA 1
    WASHINGTON 2
    1ST PRD: WAS - (PP) ALEX OVECHKIN 34 (MIKE GREEN, SERGEI FEDOROV)
    10:32

    Senators 1, Capitals 2  1st - 9:28Feb 1 1:00 PM


  • NHL
    OTTAWA 1
    WASHINGTON 1
    1ST PRD: WAS - (PP) MIKE GREEN 15 (NICKLAS BACKSTROM) 9:43

    Senators 1, Capitals 1  1st - 10:17Feb 1 12:55 PM


  • NHL
    OTTAWA 1
    WASHINGTON 0
    1ST PRD: OTT - DANIEL ALFREDSSON 13 (DANY HEATLEY, JASON SPEZZA) 3:31

    Senators 1, Capitals 0  1st - 16:29Feb 1 12:46 PM
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