Ovechkin Chasing History

Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin, who has recorded a hat trick in each of Washington’s first two games of the season (3-0—3 at OTT on Oct. 5 and 4-0—4 vs. MTL on Oct. 7), can become the first player in NHL history to record a hat trick in three consecutive games. Elias adds that Ovechkin’s seven goals in his team’s first two games of the campaign are just two shy of the record for most goals by an NHL player through his team’s first three games to start a season.

After a down 2016-17 season, the Washington Capitals left wing is scoring goals in bunches again.

And he’s opened the season at a pace the League hasn’t seen in 100 years. Ovechkin equaled his NHL career high with four goals in the Capitals’ 6-1 victory against the Montreal Canadiens at Capital One Arena on Saturday.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time a player had a hat trick in each of the first two games was in the NHL’s first season, 1917-18. That season, Cy Denneny of the Ottawa Senators, Joe Malone of the Canadiens and Reg Noble of the Toronto Arenas each had a hat trick in his first two games.