He came into this Super Bowl Weekend in second place in the NHL with 31 goals. But Alex Ovechkin reminded everyone once again why he is second to no one.
Two matinee performances by "The Russian Machine" were more than worth the full price of admission.
Head Coach Bruce Boudreau stated, "I think it was about this time last year he started to kind of take over. Hopefully, he's about to do the same thing."
That's exactly what he did.
They say big players make big plays in big situations.
The "Great Eight" rose to the occasion against the defending Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Wings, scoring twice in the final eight minutes to lead his team to victory and reclaim the NHL scoring lead.
Less than 24 hours after the win over the Red Wings, Ovechkin scored three more as the Capitals put up a touchdown and an extra point in a 7-4 win over the Senators.
It is was Ovechkin's second hat trick this season and seventh of his NHL career, but knowing him, all he really cared about was that the win moved Washington back into second place in the Eastern Conference.
With his five goals in two games, Ovechkin now has 36 goals on the season, giving him a four-goal advantage over Philadelphia Flyers' Jeff Carter.