Boston at Washington

Ovechkin's first-period hat trick helps Capitals destroy Bruins

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WASHINGTON -- Alex Ovechkin's slump is over.

After scoring one goal in his previous eight games, Ovechkin had a hat trick in the Washington Capitals' six-goal first period, and he finished with five points in the 10-2 victory against the Boston Bruins on Monday.

Ovechkin hadn't scored in seven consecutive games before notching a goal Saturday in a 3-2 loss against Toronto. He broke loose against the Bruins with three goals and two assists to spark Washington, which jumped to a 6-0 lead on the way to a season-high 10 goals.

"Today, everything just went to the net," Ovechkin said. "You are going to score (in) lots of games, and some you (won't). I always tell myself not to think about goals and to just play how I can."

Ovechkin's three goals give him a league-leading 52 and made him the first to 50 in the NHL this season. He's the third player in franchise history to reach that mark twice, and this ties a career high.

He was credited with a fourth goal in the third period, but official scorers changed it later giving him an assist on Brooks Laich's power-play goal that made it 9-2.

Ovechkin's two assists gave him 38 on the season as Washington snapped Boston's six-game winning streak.

Ovechkin seemed more concerned the Capitals continue to play with the intensity they showed against Boston, especially since they're in the hunt for a playoff spot.

"Just wait, we have lots of games left, and one game can mean nothing," Ovechkin said. "We just have to continue to do what we did today, and try to play the same way on Wednesday."

Washington coach Bruce Boudreau was confident Ovechkin would get revved up again.

"When you go in an eight-game scoring slump, and you're that good, you're going to start scoring again," Boudreau said. "You just can't hold him back like you can't hold (Sidney) Crosby back and (Evgeni) Malkin back for any length of time. Those guys are good hockey players."

Ovechkin's linemate Nicklas Backstrom added three assists in the first period and scored once in the second period. Laich and Matt Bradley scored two goals apiece, and Eric Fehr added three assists.

The Capitals scored four power-play goals.

Newly acquired Matt Cooke got the big first period started by scoring his first goal with the Capitals 32 seconds into the game. Bradley and Laich also scored in the period.

Donald Brashear scored the other Washington goal.

Goalie Cristobal Huet earned his second victory in two starts since the Capitals got him from Montreal last week, stopping 20 shots in two periods before coming out after suffering some mild back spasms.

Boston goalie Tim Thomas started and wound up being pulled twice, giving up seven goals, after often playing well against Ovechkin and the Capitals.

"It's really tough to take," Thomas said. "It was embarrassing. On the other hand, what's the difference? If you lost 3-2 or you lost like that, we're still in the playoffs as of now. You definitely should learn from it, but you can't get too far down."

Notes

  • Dennis Maruk and Peter Bondra are the two other Washington players to reach the 50-goal mark twice.
  • Backstrom's goal was his first since Jan. 17.
  • Boston's Marco Sturm extended his point streak to eight games by scoring a second-period goal.
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Alex Ovechkin shows off the three latest additions to his trophy case.  (Getty Images)
Alex Ovechkin shows off the three latest additions to his trophy case. (Getty Images)
Scoreboard
Boston (35-24-6)0202
Washington  (31-28-8) «62210
Three Stars
A. Ovechkin
WAS


Goals: 3
Assist(s): 2
N. Backstrom
WAS


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 3
M. Cooke
WAS


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2

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Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
32.0Matt Cooke (8), Wrist Shot. Assist: Jeff Schultz, Matt Bradley
06:18Alex Ovechkin (50), Wrist Shot. Assist: Nicklas Backstrom, Shaone Morrisonn
07:08Alex Ovechkin (51), Wrist Shot. Assist: Nicklas Backstrom, Tom Poti
08:29Matt Bradley (4), Slap Shot. Assist: Matt Cooke, Dave Steckel
15:31Power Play - Alex Ovechkin (52), Slap Shot. Assist: Alexander Semin, Nicklas Backstrom
18:43Power Play - Brooks Laich (14), Wrist Shot. Assist: Viktor Kozlov, Eric Fehr
2ND PERIOD
36.0Power Play - Dennis Wideman (10), Slap Shot. Assist: Marc Savard, Zdeno Chara
07:50Nicklas Backstrom (10), Wrist Shot. Assist: Alex Ovechkin, Tom Poti
16:31Donald Brashear (5), Snap Shot. Assist: Eric Fehr, John Erskine
17:03Marco Sturm (23), Slap Shot. Assist: Shane Hnidy, Glen Metropolit
3RD PERIOD
02:03Power Play - Brooks Laich (15), Slap Shot. Assist: Alex Ovechkin, Eric Fehr
18:15Power Play - Matt Bradley (5), Wrist Shot. Assist: Mike Green, Matt Cooke
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
01:13Wideman, 2 min, Hooking
03:35Semin, 2 min, Bench - Too Many Men on the Ice
06:53Chara, 5 min, Fighting
06:53Brashear, 5 min, Fighting
14:30Metropolit, 2 min, Slashing
16:52Chara, 2 min, Roughing
19:35Bradley, 2 min, Hooking
2ND PERIOD
03:27Savard, 2 min, Slashing
05:31Green, 2 min, Boarding
07:52Brashear, 5 min, Fighting
07:52Thornton, 5 min, Fighting
08:07Cooke, 2 min, Boarding
18:18Erskine, 2 min, Cross-Checking
3RD PERIOD
29.0Metropolit, 2 min, Holding
09:24Bradley, 2 min, Hooking
11:29Ovechkin, 2 min, Hooking
16:09Savard, 2 min, Roughing
17:25Chara, 2 min, Slashing
Shots On Goal
 123T
Boston814527
Washington169934
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Alex Auld23:3073
Tim Thomas36:30177
Cristobal Huet39:45202
Olaf Kolzig18:5150
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
Boston1-for-2
Washington4-for-8
Game Information
Attendance - 17189
Referees - Don Koharski, Frederick L'Ecuyer
Linesmen - Lonnie Cameron, Jonny Murray
 
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