Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NHL Roundup: Historic Night for Caps' Ovechkin

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NHL Roundup: Historic Night for Caps' Ovechkin

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Alex Ovechkin scored four goals, becoming the first player in 100 years with back-to-back hat tricks to open a season, and the Washington Capitals beat the visiting Montreal Canadiens 6-1 on Saturday night.

Ovechkin had three goals in the third period Thursday at Ottawa, then matched the feat while helping chase Montreal goalie Carey Price in the first period Saturday. He added his fourth goal at 16:46 of the second period against Al Montoya.

It was the fourth four-goal game of his career and second against the Canadiens.

Braden Holtby stopped 38 shots for Washington.

Ovechkin opened the scoring 20 seconds in, added his second goal at 2:51 and his third at 18:10. Evgeny Kutnetsov assisted on all four of Ovechkin's goals.

T.J. Oshie gave Washington a 2-0 lead 46 seconds into the game. …

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