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game recap

Capitals 7, Senators 4

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Capitals 7, Senators 4
Ottawa Senators 4, Washington Capitals 7

WASHINGTON - Alex Ovechkin scored three goals for his seventh career hat trick and second of the season to lead the Washington Capitals to a 7-4 win over the Ottawa Senators on Sunday.

Ovechkin scored his goals in the first two periods with Sergei Fedorov getting assists on each. Mike Green added a goal and three assists, and Eric Fehr, Alexander Semin and Nicklas Backstrom also scored for Washington.

Daniel Alfredsson, playing in his 900th National Hockey League game, scored twice for the Senators and Dany Heatley and Antoine Vermette had a goal apiece.

The Capitals had an early 12:30 p.m. start for the second consecutive day. On Saturday, Ovechkin had said he felt "sleepy" early in the game but woke up with two goals in the third period. He had no problems getting going Sunday.

He completed the hat trick with 4:29 left in the second period when he took a pass from Fedorov near the left boards at the blue line. Ovechkin skated in and put a shot through defenceman Filip Kuba's legs and past goaltender Alex Auld.

The Capitals first grabbed the lead early with an efficient power play - Washington took a combined seven seconds to score two goals after Ottawa's first two penalties.

The Capitals' first goal came three seconds after the Senators' first penalty. Backstrom won the faceoff in the right circle and kicked the puck back to Green, who pulled it in at the top of the circle and fired in the score.

Less than a minute later, Washington had another power play, and this time the Capitals took four seconds to pick up their second goal.

The play started in nearly the same way, with Fedorov pushing the faceoff to Green at the top of the right circle. This time, Green found Ovechkin open on the right side of the ice. He put in his first goal of the game 10:32 into the first period, giving Washington a 2-1 lead.

Ovechkin's second goal came 2:15 into the second period, when he took a dump pass from Fedorov at the top of the right circle and ripped a shot through Kuba's legs. That goal gave Washington a 4-2 lead, and led Ottawa coach Craig Hartsburg to pull starting goaltender Brian Elliott in favor of Auld.

The change in goal did little to stop Washington's offence, as the Capitals scored four goals in the second period, the most the Senators have allowed in any period this season.

Washington led 6-2 after two periods, but Ottawa cut the lead with two goals in the third. Vermette scored at 7:56 and Heatley poked in a loose puck one-handed at 11:28. Backstrom finished the scoring with an empty-net goal in the final minute.

Notes: It was the fourth time in the last seven games Ovechkin has scored at least two goals. He now has 199 career goals ... Green has scored in the last three games, and his 15 goals this season lead all NHL defencemen ... Brent Johnson started in goal for the Capitals for the first time in eight games, giving Jose Theodore a rest ... The Senators, who went 1-2-0 on their road trip, return home to face the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night at Scotiabank Place (7:30 p.m., Rogers Sportsnet, Team 1200).

scoring summary
1st Period
03:31
OTT
Daniel Alfredsson (13) ASST: Dany Heatley (23), Jason Spezza (21)
1 - 0 OTT
09:43
WSH
PPG - Mike Green (15) ASST: Nicklas Backstrom (39)
1 - 1 Tie
10:32
WSH
PPG - Alex Ovechkin (34) ASST: Mike Green (23), Sergei Fedorov (11)
2 - 1 WSH
2nd Period
00:46
WSH
Eric Fehr (4) ASST: Nicklas Backstrom (40), Jeff Schultz (8)
3 - 1 WSH
02:15
WSH
Alex Ovechkin (35) ASST: Sergei Fedorov (12), Viktor Kozlov (20)
4 - 1 WSH
05:01
OTT
Daniel Alfredsson (14) ASST: Anton Volchenkov (2), Chris Phillips (6)
4 - 2 WSH
13:07
WSH
Alexander Semin (19) ASST: Mike Green (24), Brooks Laich (16)
5 - 2 WSH
15:31
WSH
Alex Ovechkin (36) ASST: Sergei Fedorov (13)
6 - 2 WSH
3rd Period
07:56
OTT
Antoine Vermette (6) ASST: Chris Kelly (8), Mike Fisher (11)
6 - 3 WSH
11:28
OTT
PPG - Dany Heatley (22) ASST: NONE
6 - 4 WSH
19:36
WSH
EN - Nicklas Backstrom (13) ASST: Mike Green (25)
7 - 4 WSH
penalty summary
1st Period
09:40
OTT
Dany Heatley  Hooking against  Tom Poti
10:28
OTT
Jarkko Ruutu  Hooking against  John Erskine
17:33
OTT
Chris Kelly  Hooking against  Eric Fehr
2nd Period
04:20
WSH
Donald Brashear  Holding against  Alexandre Picard
04:40
OTT
Chris Neil  Hi-sticking against  Shaone Morrisonn
05:42
OTT
Jason Spezza  Interference against  Alex Ovechkin
09:24
WSH
Boyd Gordon  Holding the stick against  Peter Regin
3rd Period
02:52
WSH
Milan Jurcina  Holding against  Jesse Winchester
04:29
WSH
Alexander Semin  Tripping against  Jason Spezza
11:25
WSH
Alex Ovechkin  Too many men on the ice
12:17
WSH
Mike Green  Slashing against  Jarkko Ruutu
goalie stats
Brian Elliott
SA: 16TOI: 22:15
Saves: 12EV: 11 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 3
SV%: .750SH: 0 - 0
Alex Auld
Alex Auld
9-13-5
SA: 13TOI: 36:17
Saves: 11EV: 8 - 10
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .846SH: 0 - 0
Brent Johnson
Brent Johnson
12-6-2
SA: 38TOI: 59:56
Saves: 34EV: 28 - 31
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .895SH: 2 - 2