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Washington Capitals

Ovechkin hat trick gives Capitals 4-3 road win against Wild

Scoring more than 500 goals in the NHL hasn't come without Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin being opportunistic. Thursday night was another example of being in the right place at the right time — with an unrivaled scoring touch.

Ovechkin scored three times in the second period for his 14th career hat trick, and Washington held on to beat the Minnesota Wild 4-3.

"It's incredible, the puck just comes to him," said teammate Nicklas Backstrom, who assisted on all three goals. "But he has that ability when it comes, to put it in the net. It's hard to do."

Jason Chimera added an empty-netter for Washington, which improved to a league-best...