While NHL labor negotiations stalled again following two unsuccessful sessions with mediators, players who sought work in Europe continue to make their own progress on the ice. On Saturday, Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin recorded his best offensive output to date for Dynamo Moscow.
Ovechkin recorded his first hat trick of the season, and his first in any league since Jan. 22, 2011 at Toronto, in Dynamo Moscow’s 4-2 win over Donbass Donetsk. The victory also included Ovechkin’s 100th career point in the Russian major leagues.
Check out the highlights of Ovechkin’s hat trick below:
Before he lit up the scoreboard, though, Ovechkin made a different sort of impression when he signed autographs for several Ukrainian children after Dynamo Moscow’s morning skate. Our friends over at Russian Machine have the details and video of Ovechkin’s interaction with some of his young fans.