The Washington Capitals resorted to a familiar formula against the Florida Panthers — find Alex Ovechkin and let him do the rest. Ovechkin recorded his 12th career hat trick and added an assist, and the surging Capitals survived a late rally by the Panthers for a 4-3 victory on Saturday night. Ovechkin scored twice from in close on the power play, and weaved through traffic for his other goal, as the Capitals (19-17-2) improved to 8-2-1 in their last 11 games in completing a four-game season sweep of the Panthers. The Southeast Division-leading Capitals, who scored at least five goals against Florida in their previous three games, struck quickly with a pair of goals from Mike Ribeiro and Ovechkin within 1:41 early in the second period. Braden Holtby made 27 saves in posting his fifth career victory over the Panthers (12-20-6) without a loss. Holtby continues to be impressed with Ovechkin, who has 13 goals in his last 10 games.
Alex Ovechkin hat trick keeps Capitals in first place
Washington Times | Apr 7