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Capitals top Wild on Ovechkin's hat trick

Washington earns League-leading 40th victory

by Dan Myers / Correspondent

Ovi notches hat trick

WSH@MIN: Ovi notches hat trick before the 3rd period

2/11/16: Alex Ovechkin lights the lamp three times before the 3rd period against the Wild, notching his first hat trick of the season

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin was lucky and good against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday.

Ovechkin combined his skill and his penchant for being in the right place at the right time into his 14th NHL hat trick, and the Capitals held off the Wild 4-3 at Xcel Energy Center.

Ovechkin scored all three of his goals in the second period for his first three-goal game since Dec. 13, 2013. It was the first time that Ovechkin scored three goals in the same period since March 3, 2008.

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Ovechkin takes goals lead, passes Beliveau

Capitals forward leads Blackhawks' Kane by one with 34 @NHLdotcom

Ovechkin's hat trick goal

WSH@MIN: Ovechkin nets his third goal of the game

2/11/16: Alex Ovechkin chips the puck past the arm of Devan Dubnyk, which drops on the pad and then over the line to complete the hat trick

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Alex Ovechkin's second-period hat trick for the Washington Capitals against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday moved him past Montreal Canadiens great Jean Beliveau on the NHL all-time goals list.

Ovechkin scored at 2:14, 5:21 and 14:55 of the period to give him 509 NHL goals, two more than Beliveau for 39th place in League history.

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Situation Room

Coach's Challenge: WSH @ MIN - 14:55 of the Second Period

Original call stands - good goal Capitals; Wild forfeit timeout @NHLdotcom

Situation Room: WSH vs. MIN

Situation Room: Ovechkin's goal is confirmed

2/11/16: The Wild challenge Alex Ovechkin's goal at 14:55 in the 2nd to see if the Capitals were offside, and the review confirms the goal

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At 14:55 of the second period in the Capitals/Wild game, Minnesota requested a Coach's Challenge to review whether Washington was off-side prior to Alex Ovechkin's goal.

After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Linesman confirmed that the puck never left the Wild zone and the Capitals were therefore in the attacking zone legally.

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game preview

Wild's Spurgeon remains out vs. Capitals

Washington center Richards is a game-time decision

by Dan Myers / Correspondent

CAPITALS (39-9-4) at WILD (23-20-10) 

TV: 8 p.m. ET; CSN-DC+, FS-N, NHL.TV

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Defenseman Jared Spurgeon will not play when the Minnesota Wild host the Washington Capitals at Xcel Energy Center on Thursday. 

Spurgeon missed the game against the Dallas Stars on Tuesday with an undisclosed injury but practiced Wednesday and took part in the morning skate. 

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