Teams against which Ovechkin has recorded a hat trick. Only 12 players in NHL history have hat tricks against more than 13 teams, led by Brett Hull, who accomplished the feat against 20 teams. Ovechkin has three career hat tricks against Ottawa, two hat tricks against Atlanta, Florida, Minnesota, Montreal, St. Louis and Toronto, and one hat trick against Anaheim, Boston, Detroit, New Jersey, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay. (He recorded a second hat trick against Pittsburgh in the playoffs in 2009.)
Times Nicklas Backstrom has tallied at least three assists on Ovechkin goals in games in which Ovechkin records a hat trick. In addition to assisting on all three of Ovechkin’s goals Tuesday, Backstrom had a helper on T.J. Oshie’s power-play goal. That gives Backstrom 12 four-assist games in his career, tying him with Gilbert Perreault for eighth on the NHL’s all-time list. Tuesday also marked the second time Backstrom has had four assists in the same game as an Ovechkin hat trick. Backstrom assisted on all four of Ovechkin’s goals in a 6-5 win over Tampa Bay on Dec. 10, 2013.
Hats thrown by Nationals ace Max Scherzer, who attended the game with his wife, Erica. Scherzer tossed his Wizards hat over the glass after Ovechkin’s third-period goal and was provided a Capitals replacement cap shortly thereafter.
Goals for Ovechkin this season, the most in the league. This marks the third time Ovechkin is the first player to reach the 25-goal mark, and he joins Sidney Crosby (2010-11) as the only player since 2000 to score 25 goals in his team’s first 30 games. When Ovechkin scored a career-high 65 goals in the 2007-08 season, he had 21 goals in Washington’s first 30 games.
Ovechkin’s age. Adrian Peterson isn’t the only athlete defying Father Time in D.C. these days. The Russian machine is looking to join Bill Cook, Gordie Howe, Nels Stewart, Maurice Richard and Phil Esposito as the only players to lead the league in goals at age 33 or older. He has a four-goal lead over 22-year-old Tampa Bay center Brayden Point, 20-year-old Winnipeg winger Patrik Laine, 22-year-old Boston winger David Pastrnak and 26-year-old Buffalo center Jeff Skinner.
The Capitals’ record in games in which Ovechkin records a hat trick.
Consecutive 25-goal seasons for Ovechkin to begin his career, a number eclipsed by only Jaromir Jagr and Mike Gartner.
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