Alex Ovechkin scored his second hat trick in as many games to help lead the Capitals past a 4-1 deficit and to a 6-5 shootout victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday. Jakub Vrana scored the shootout winner in the sixth round on his first career shootout attempt. The Caps extended their win streak to four while Ovechkin extended his point streak to 13 games.
Here are 4 reasons why the Caps won.
What can you even say about the Great 8 at this point?
Ovechkin was having a special season already before Friday’s game, but he took it to another level in Carolina as he netted three goals. You read that right, Ovechkin now has consecutive hat tricks.
Carolina jumped out to an early lead less than one minute into the game, but Ovechkin erased that lead less than four minutes later. Jonas Siegenthaler had the puck at the blue line and Ovechkin turned to face him and lifted the stick, waiting for the one-timer. Siegenthaler fed him the puck and Ovechkin blew it past goalie Scott Darling to tie the game at one.
Ovechkin added another goal in the second period as Siegenthaler opened up some room for him with a hip-check to Dougie Hamilton that drew the ire of Carolina head coach Rod Brind’Amour who wanted an interference call. With room to work, Ovechkin skated in, faked the slap shot, waited again, then wristed the shot through traffic and through Darling.
The third goal came in typical Ovechkin fashion as he fired a one-timer from the office in the third period to put the Caps up 5-4.
With the hat trick, Ovechkin extended his point streak to 13 games, tied for the best streak of his career. He has 16 goals and 22 points during that stretch.
Tom Wilson cannot be stopped
Injuries are always unfortunate whenever they happen to any player, but it really stunk to see Wilson get injured in Vegas considering he already missed the first 16 games of the season and because he was playing so well. He made his return to the lineup on Friday and picked up right where he left off with a goal in the second period, his ninth of the season.
The goal was a great second chance effort as Wilson dug a loose puck out of the crease and fired the puck as he drifted backwards over a helpless Darling.
Wilson now has nine goals and 15 points in just 12 games.
Travis Boyd's three-game goal streak
Boyd had some lousy luck at the start of the season with a lower-body injury that delayed his start to the season. He’s certainly making up for lost time now.
Boyd scored his first career NHL goal on Saturday, scored his second career goal on Tuesday and scored his third career goal Friday to tie the game at four in the second. Boyd deflected a shot under the glove of Darling for his third goal in as many games.
A second-period rally
Washington gave up two power play goals in a span of 2:02 in the second period that put the Caps down 4-1. At that point, it looked like the Hurricanes would cruise to an easy win, but Washington had other ideas.
Wilson pulled the Caps within two midway through the second, Ovechkin scored about five minutes later and Boyd struck less than a minute after that as Washington pulled even with a stunned Carolina team before the second period was even over.
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