Ovechkin Hat Trick

ovechkin Alexander Ovechkin scored all three goals tonight to beat the Atlanta Thrashers for the first time this season (4-1). The last time these two divisional rivals met, it was more or less one long brawl, including nine major penalties, three suspensions, and $40,000 in combined fines to the coaches. Although the media has been hyping the rematch, no show of force was forthcoming from either team, other than the usual hard checking and a bit of pushing and shoving. Ovechkin’s first goal came on the power play in the first period on a brilliant pass from Zubrus. Why no one was covering the wide-open young Russian sniper is beyond me.

Atlanta tied the game in the second period (Jon Sim, PPG), and in the third they went ahead on an even strength goal by J.P. Vigier.

With 30 seconds left in regulation, and the Thrashers down a man for delay of game, the Caps pulled their second-string goalie Brent Johnson for a sixth attacker. This set-up Ovechkin’s second power play goal, tying the game. It only took six seconds into OT for Alexander “the great” to complete his hat trick and win the game.

Also tonight, the Wizards ended their 16-game skid against Miami, winning 106-95 for the first time since 2003. Now if the Redskins would stop shooting themselves in the foot, DC might have a triple of contender teams.

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