For some reason, the Minnesota Wild decided to leave Alex Ovechkin wide open for most of the night. You know what happened next.
The Russian machine tallied his 17th career hat trick against former bench boss Bruce Boudreau. All three of Ovechkin’s goals were scored on the power play from his office. With a heavy contingent of Caps fans in attendance (including the Caps Road Crew), hats were actually thrown on the ice.
Saturday night, the planets all aligned for the Caps organization.
All three of the franchise’s teams played, including the Capitals’ two minor league affiliates: the Hershey Bears and the South Carolina Stingrays. Each team won their game and scored five or more goals to do so. All three teams also had a player tally a hat trick on the same night.
TJ Oshie scored two goals early in Saturday’s win over the Tampa Bay Lightning, then nearly fifty minutes passed without a third. Once Andrei Vasilevskiy abandoned the net in the game’s final two minutes, Oshie completed the hat trick with — well, I guess that was technically an empty-net alley oop?
Whatever it was, it has given Oshie his first hat trick since 2015 and it puts him in front of Alex Ovechkin in the Caps’ goal-scoring race.
The Nashville Predators played the Calgary Flames Tuesday night and boy was it a weird game. Former Capitals prospect Filip Forsberg scored a hat trick on Flames goalie Brian Elliott. Forsberg scored on all three of his second period shots, which gave him his third career hatty. We can hear all of you groaning from here.
But the real news was who Forsberg accomplished this feat in front of: country-music legend Billy Ray Cyrus.
Alex Ovechkin will have a very Happy (American) Thanksgiving with his video game console tomorrow. The Russian machine scored his 16th career hat trick on Thanksgiving eve, feasting on Carter Hutton’s merely average goaltending.
Let me set the scene. Ovechkin tallied a power play goal in the first period and a one-time goal in the second. In the third, Ovechkin raced up the ice after a Caps’ faceoff loss, and boomeranged a wrist shot past Hutton to complete the trick.
Let the hats fly!
Former Capital Mike Green just scored his first career hat trick on a historic night. During the Red Wings final home opener at Joe Louis Arena, Green scored a goal in each period, notching his first three-point night since March 8 against the Columbus Blue Jackets (three assists).
Earlier in the morning, Lyla Oshie kicked the crap out of a Penguins poster, throwing the Oshie family feet first into the Caps-Pens rivalry.
Later Thursday night, Lyla’s father TJ had the game of his life, scoring a hat trick and dramatically dispatching the Penguins with a wraparound. The goal was reviewed but stood up as the overtime game-winning goal.
Photo: Rob Carr
Justin Williams wasn’t brought to Washington to be a pure goal scorer and point producer. But in his regular role on the second line and second power play unit, Williams has become one of the team’s best finishers in front of the net. Through 45 games, Williams has 16 goals, which ranks second on the team and 58th in the NHL. Williams is also on pace for 29 goals, which would be the most he’s scored since the 2006-07 season with the Carolina Hurricanes, where he scored a career high 33 at age 25.
On Sunday night, Williams had arguably his best game yet as a Capital, scoring his second career hat trick and his first since October 16, 2006 with the ‘Canes.
“It was a looooooong time ago,” Williams told reporters when asked if he remembered the last time he scored three goals.
Williams’s hat trick Sunday was due to a little bit of luck, a little bit of magic from his teammates, and a lot of hard work.
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