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Patrik Laine remembers Sidney Crosby-Alex Ovechkin hat trick game

Jets forward watched memorable playoff matchup between Penguins, Capitals despite 1 a.m. puck drop in Finland on May 4, 2009

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It was not easy for Patrik Laine to watch Stanley Cup Playoff games in Finland, at least live.

Tampere, Finland, where Laine was born, is six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time, so a 7 p.m. puck drop is 1 a.m. in Finland. It is nine hours ahead when games are played on the West Coast.

So Laine, the Winnipeg Jets forward who completed his rookie season, had trouble seeing games as they happened.

"I couldn't stay up that late," he said, laughing. "I had to go to school."

But when asked for his favorite memory from the Stanley Cup Playoffs, it didn't take him long to come up with an answer.

Laine picked a classic. On May 4, 2009, Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals each had a hat trick in Game 2 of Eastern Conference Semifinals. The Capitals won the game 4-3.

"Washington against Pittsburgh a couple of years back," Laine, who was 11 years old at the time, said. "Those teams were my favorite teams and Ovechkin was my favorite player and he was playing against Crosby. I have always liked that matchup and I always wanted to watch, especially those [playoff] games. That is probably my favorite memory."

Video: Memories: Ovechkin and Crosby record hat tricks

Ovechkin scored his first goal in the second period, tying the game 1-1. His power-play goal at 12:53 of the third period put Washington ahead 3-2 and his hat trick goal at 15:22 of the third, the game-winner, sparked a deluge of hats onto the Verizon Center ice.

Crosby scored with 31 seconds remaining to make it 4-3 and finish his hat trick. He scored a goal in each period.

"It's good for the fans to see great players play against each other and two great teams play against each other," Ovechkin said at the time. "It's an interesting time and an interesting game. It's unbelievable when you play against great players and you win a game like this."

The win gave the Capitals a 2-0 series lead, but the Penguins came back to take the best-of-7 series in seven games.

The Penguins went on to beat the Carolina Hurricanes in four games in the Eastern Conference Final and defeated the Detroit Red Wings in seven games in the Stanley Cup Final.

Crosby had 31 points (15 goals, 16 assists) in 24 playoff games, and led all players in goals. Ovechkin had 21 points (11 goals, 10 assists) in 14 games, and was tied for fourth in goals despite playing two fewer rounds than Crosby.

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