WASHINGTON, D.C. – Alex Ovechkin is getting comfortable in the NHL, unfortunately for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Ovechkin, who had not registered a point for the Washington Capitals in his first NHL preseason, scored three goals and added an assist Friday night in a 4-3 win over the Penguins.
Erik Christensen gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead with 2:01 left in the first period. Tomas Surovy and Michel Ouellet assisted on the goal.
Ouellet recorded his second point of the night when he fired a shot past Maxime Ouellet (no relation) for a power-play goal 2:11 into the second period. Rob Scuderi and Konstantin Koltsov got the assists.
Alex Ovechkin scored his first goal in a Capitals uniform when he popped a rebound past Sebastien Caron to slice Pittsburgh’s lead to 2-1 with 14:40 left in the period.
Ovechkin tallied his second point of the night when his slapshot was deflected by Jeff Halpern trickled through Caron and barely into the net with 1:25 left in the second. It was a power-play goal.
Ovechkin produced point No. 3 with a short-handed goal 3:09 into the third period.
Ovechkin completed the hat-trick with 7:15 to play when he beat Caron to make it 4-2.
Lasse Pirjeta sliced the Penguins’ deficit to 4-3 with 2:34 to play. Rico Fata and Scuderi assisted on the goal.
Ovechkin even scored in the shootout to give the Capitals a 2-1 victory.
The Penguins return to action at 7:30 p.m. Sunday against the Capitals.