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Alex Ovechkin borke out in a big way Saturday, with his first hat trick of the season — the 11th in his illustrious career and first since Jan. 22, 2011, against Toronto — en route to the Washington Capitals 5-1 pasting of the visiting New Jersey Devils. Eric Fehr scored the first short-handed goal of his career, Troy Brouwer added his fifth of the season and Braden Holtby had 22 saves to help lead the Caps to victory.
Much more relaxed in his postgame comments than after recent games, Ovechkin said, “The chances are there. Sometimes I feel that the puck just doesn’t want to go in. Today, it was that kind of game that almost every shot goes in, or at least it feels like that. It’s kind of nice.”
Head coach Adam Oates has remained patient with Ovechkin this season as he adjusts to the new systems and a new position.
“I feel that way about every guy. If you are doing the right things it will turn your way at one point. You have to believe in that. That’s almost every life lesson. He’s [Alex Ovechkin] been getting a lot of chances. He could have had a few [Thursday] night. In New York he had 14 shots, which means that the guys he’s playing with and himself are doing the right things. He’s getting opportunities. Good things happen sooner or later.”
The Capitals are off on Sunday and are scheduled to practice Monday, Feb. 25, at 10:30 a.m. at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.
For Oates’ and Ovechkin’s full comments, plus those of Holtby, Fehr, Brouwer and Matt Hendricks, please click the links below.