Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin reached 50 goals this season with a hat trick against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.
Ovechkin scored at 4:04 and 6:49 of the first period, and 10:35 into the third period. He has five goals in his past three games.
"The guys tried to find me out there," Ovechkin said. "I just have to put it in. It's harder and harder to score goals in this League, so I'm excited.
"... I knew right away in the first period I had a chance to score another one. It was a special moment."
It is his seventh 50-goal season in the NHL and third in a row. He scored his 500th goal on Jan. 10, and has 525 in 839 games.
He will lead the NHL in goals for the seventh time.