WASHINGTON — Alex Ovechkin recorded his 27th career hat trick and raised his career goal total to 698 during a five-minute stretch of the third period, rallying the Washington Capitals to a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night.
Ovechkin, who is closing in on becoming the eighth player in NHL history to reach the 700-goal plateau, moved into the NHL lead with 40 on the season. He singlehandedly overturned a 2-1 deficit inside the final 6:10 of regulation. He has 14 of those 40 goals in his last seven games.
He added an empty-netter with 1:46 to play, moving within 10 goals of Mike Gartner for seventh on the NHL’s all-time goals list.
Quick stopped 20 shots in the Kings’ seventh loss in eight games.
NOTES: Doughty picked up his 495th point in his return after missing three games with an undisclosed injury, moving him past Rob Blake into first all-time among Kings defencemen. … Kings C Anze Kopitar’s point streak was halted at six games. … Washington recalled G Vitek Vanecek from AHL Hershey and scratched G Ilya Samsonov, who departed Tuesday’s morning skate early after taking a blow to the head. … The Capitals also recalled D Martin Fehervary. … Backstrom played his 941st game, passing Kelly Miller for fourth-most in Capitals history.
Kings: Visit New Jersey Devils on Thursday.
Capitals: Host the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.