Last season, it took 10 games for Alex Ovechkin to net six goals. This year? It took just two games.
On Saturday, Ovechkin posted his second hat trick of the season after potting three goals against the Montreal Canadiens in the opening period of their weekend bout. The goals made up his second straight hat trick, with all six of them coming in his last two periods of play.
Ovechkin’s first hat trick of the year came in the third period of Thursday night’s contest against Ottawa, which the Washington Capitals won in a shootout.
It took 20 seconds for Ovechkin to continue his pace on Saturday, as his first goal of the game in Washington was off a beauty of a spin move to place the puck top corner past Carey Price.
In between Ovechkin’s next goal, T.J. Oshie got in on the party to double the Capitals’ lead.
Then, it was the captain’s turn as Ovechkin netted his second at 2:51 of the first period.
Then, Ovechkin’s hat trick came with less than two minutes left to play in the Capitals’ opening frame.
Ovechkin did also add another goal before the end of the Capitals blowout of Montreal. He’s now on pace for an incredible amount of goals on the season, one that won’t last as his scoring touch returns to a normal pace.
Even so, Ovechkin is off to a blazing start to the 2017-18 NHL season. Whether it’s extra motivation from having to skip the Olympics or a determination to show that the Capitals’ window isn’t closed just yet, his fire is making the first week of the new season a treat to watch.