Capitals-Penguins: Alexander Ovechkin's Hat Trick Gives Washington Two-Game Lead

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Capitals-Penguins: Alexander Ovechkin's Hat Trick Gives Washington Two-Game Lead
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Game Two was the Ovechkin vs. Crosby Show.

They did not disappoint, I promise.

Ask anyone who was at the sold out Verizon Center and they will tell you it was a sight to see—and they will not be wearing a cap either.

Alex Ovechkin recorded his first career playoff hat trick—and Sidney Crosby matched Ovechkin's mark with a hat trick of his own. But Crosby needed one more, as the Washington Capitals defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 Monday night.

Ovechkin now has seven playoff goals, but Crosby's hatty gives him just one more, at eight. The two dominated. Ovechkin had the slappers rolling while Sid crashed the net and kept going til the red light went off.

Despite giving up three goals and his first hat trick to an opposing player in the NHL, goaltender Simeon Varlamov made 33 saves against Pittsburgh. He was named the third star of the game.

David Steckel scored his second goal in as many games, being the only player to score who wasn't Ovie or Sid. Evgeni Malkin was held goalless yet again tonight for the fifth straight game.

Crosby was the second star—but the obvious first star choice was Alex Ovechkin.

The Caps lead the best-of-seven series 2-0, but the next two contests are in Pittsburgh, PA. Game Three is set to start at 7 p.m. on Wednesday evening from Mellon Arena. The game will be broadcast on Versus.

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