Alex Ovechkin scored three goals to Sidney Crosby’s two, leading his Washington Capitals past the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-4 in overtime last night at the Verizon Center. The contest featured a handful of fights in all three periods from both squads. The top ranked Capitals stand at 41-12-6 compared to Pittsburgh’s 35-22-2 record so far this season. “It was what people pay to see, when the superstars shine,” said Washington coach Bruce Boudreau. “There’s tension, and there’s excitement, and there’s physical play, and there’s passion on both sides. That’s what hockey is all about.”
Crosby kicked off the festivities with his two goals in the first period. Ovechkin delivered 9:01 into the second before Jordan Staal earned a pair of back to back scores himself soon after. Washington scored again to make it 4-2 heading into the third block where Ovechkin proceeded to take over, notching the hat trick to send the game into OT. He later hit Mike Knuble with the assist on a power play to conclude the hard fought battle in DC. The Caps are scheduled to play the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday as the Penguins host the New York Islanders.