Alex Ovechkin pots his sixth career hat trick and sets up another goal, and yet his play is almost on the back burner because of all the new guys. Ovechkin now has 29 points, tops on the team and third in the league behind Evgeni Malkin and Simon Gagne. He now has 24 points in his past 11 games, and is on track to be the second Alex on the team to earn NHL player of the month honors in as many months. Ovechkin had six shots, but he also had 19 ATTEMPTS in less than 22 minutes. He was awarded the hard hat for his efforts.
* Tom Poti played less than five minutes in the third period, and did not see the ice in the final 7:32 of the game. Obviously, the Caps are a little thin on the back end and losing anyone else would hurt dearly, especially someone of Poti’s caliber.
* Karl Alzner skated 21 minutes and 6 seconds, second on the team to Ovechkin. Sami Lepisto assisted on the first goal and logged more than 17 minutes.
“I think Karl and Sam moved the puck really well and that’s what we wanted them to do,” coach Bruce Boudreau said. “I mean the forwards get the puck and consequently we get five goals. I don’t know if anything is a direct line from them, but you get five goals because the D gets the puck up to you.”
Graham Mink had four shots in 9:56 of ice time, and was a bundle of energy, especially in the first period. Chris Bourque had three shots on net in 11:42 of ice time.
Added Alzner: “It is nice that we can contribute. A lot of us logged a lot of ice time, and it is nice that they have enough confidence in us to come up and play as much as we did.”
* Eric Fehr had a goal and was about a half-step from two or three others. He, Tomas Fleischmann and Michael Nylander had a very nice night as the team’s No. 2 line.
“[Fehr] had a lot of chances and there are going to be times when Eric is going to start getting two,” Boudreau said. “Right now he is getting the one every now and again and if he keeps going like that he is going to get the two or maybe three.”