South Carolina still leads the series with Toledo, 3-1.
Ovechkin and Crosby Both Score Hat Tricks
Alex Ovechkin has his first playoff hat trick of his career. For the un-enlightened, that is three goals in one game by the same player. The Washington faithful celebrated the feat in grand style, littering the ice with their hats. So much so that it delayed the game for over three minutes. Ovechkin scored on three long shots that made Marc Andre-Fleury look a bit silly honestly. Ovechkin was given a bit more space than he has enjoyed so far in these playoffs, and he took full advantage. Sidney Crosby also scored a hat trick in the game, with his third coming with the goalie cleared on a power play with 30 seconds left in the game. However he only received one hat from the crowd, and was overshadowed by the best player in hockey, the MVP, Alexander Ovechkin. This was the first time in 13 years that opposing players both scored a hat trick in the same playoff game. With the 4-3 victory, the Capitals take a 2-0 lead in the series into Pittsburgh for Wednesday night’s game. Alexander Semin left the game late in the third period with an apparent injury. Video of all 6 goals follows after the jump
**UPDATE** Apparently it came out in post-game interviews that Sidney Crosby asked officials to announce to the Washington Fans to stop throwing hats onto the ice after Ovechkin’s Hat Trick. WOW, and people wonder where he gets his reputation for whining?
Crosby’s 1st Goal (Caps 0, Pens 1)
Ovechkin’s 1st Goal (Caps 1, Pens 1)
Crosby’s 2nd Goal (Caps 1, Pens 2)
Ovechkin’s 2nd Goal (Caps 2, Pens 2)
Ovechkin’s 3rd Goal (Caps 4, Pens 2)
Crosby’s 3rd Goal (Caps 4, Pens 3)