Before Alex Ovechkin recorded his first hat trick in nearly two years, he had to escape a throng of frenzied children blocking his exit from Dynamo’s morning skate Saturday in Donetsk, Ukraine. As captured by a Donbass Donetsk employee, the children were unimpressed by Toronto Maple Leaf Leo Komarov, who walked out first. Then, Ovechkin in a light blue sweatshirt and grey beanie, emerged and the kids swarmed him at the bottom of the steps. After signing photos, Ovechkin finally escaped up the steps, took a few photos with fans, and jumped into the safety of Dynamo’s team bus.

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When Alex Ovechkin signed with Dynamo Moscow in September, many expected the Russian machine to dominate, putting up points like Wayne Gretzky did during his 215-point 1985-86 season. Instead, Ovi has merely been a point per game player in the KHL, while his Capitals teammate Nicklas Backstrom has put up the gaudy numbers.

On Saturday, Ovi had his first humongous big game in the KHL. Ovi registered a hat trick — his first three-goal game since the Capitals’ 4-1 win against Toronto on January 22, 2011 — and scored his 100th career point in the Russian major leagues – Superleague and KHL, during Dynamo’s 4-2 win against Donbass Donetsk.

Now let’s see this hatty!

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