Watch out, NHL. Alex Ovechkin is back. 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. After scoring three goals in a 5-4 shootout win at the Ottawa Senators on Thursday, Ovechkin has seven goals in the first two games of the season. It's the first time in his career he's had a hat trick in consecutive games. 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. "My wife, her sister is here and every time she's in town I score a hat trick," Ovechkin said. "So back-to-back [hat tricks now] and she's leaving Monday, so I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to talk to someone to keep her here." Ovechkin's line with center Evgeny Kuznetsov and rookie right wing Jakub Vrana has been dominant. Kuznetsov has assisted on all seven of Ovechkin's goals, including six primary assists. Vrana, whose speed has been an asset, has assisted on three of them.
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NHL.com | Oct 9