The San Jose Sharks and Washington Capitals were involved in one of the most exciting games of the NHL season on Tuesday night.
San Jose came back from down two goals in the third period to beat the Capitals 7-6 in a game in which both Alexander Ovechkin and Tomas Hertl recorded hat tricks.
The San Jose victory was made possible by an incredible last-second finish in regulation from Evander Kane, who helped ensure the Sharks wouldn't end their four-game road trip without a point.
The other four games on Tuesday's schedule weren't as exciting, but the quartet of 3-2 finishes still produced some highlights worth watching on repeat.
Tuesday NHL Scores
San Jose 7, Washington 6
Arizona 3, Ottawa 2
Chicago 3, New York Islanders 2 (Final/Shootout)
Calgary 3, Carolina 2 (Final/OT)
Detroit 3, Edmonton 2
Evander Kane Forces Overtime in Final Second of Regulation
Hertl Finishes Off Hat Trick with Overtime Game-Winner
Ovechkin Records 23rd Career Hat Trick
Patrick Kane Helps Chicago Win in Shootout
Backlund Scores Game-Winning Goal for Calgary
Coyotes Produce Beautiful Give-And-Go
Larkin Finishes from Tight Angle
Barzal's Backhand Breakaway Tally
Kane, Hertl Help Sharks End Losing Streak Before All-Star Break
As he sent the puck into the back of the net, Kane knew his game-tying goal was going to count. He told Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press:
Kane's equalizer as the buzzer sounded at Capital One Arena was more than just an average game-tying score since it allowed the Sharks to force overtime and win their first game in a week.
San Jose's road trip was disastrous before Tuesday, as it lost to the Arizona Coyotes, Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers by a combined score of 18-8.
Although the game in Washington, D.C., had an All-Star Game feel to it because of the high volume of scoring, Sharks head coach Pete DeBoer told NHL.com's Tom Gulutti that his team needed a victory:
Tuesday's victory helped the Sharks remain six points behind the Calgary Flames in the Pacific Division ahead of a break that lasts until February 2.
Some of the confidence earned from beating the Capitals will be banked on once February begins, as the Sharks embark on another four-game trip that includes stops to face the Winnipeg Jets and Calgary Flames.
Ovechkin to Serve Suspension After All-Star Break
Ovechkin is one of several NHL stars not headed to San Jose for the All-Star Game on Saturday, as he is using the time off to rest his body.
Since he opted out on the All-Star Game, Ovechkin has to serve a one-game suspension. Washington head coach Todd Reirden announced the Russian forward will miss the February 1 game versus Calgary, per Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post:
The strategy makes perfect sense for Ovechkin, who will receive an extra day of rest after the All-Star break.
Ovechkin is riding a wave of momentum after netting his 23rd career hat trick, which tied him with Jari Kurri for 10th on the all-time hat trick list.
In addition to recording that achievement, Ovechkin became the first player since Jaromir Jagr in the 2005-06 season to record three hat tricks in his 14th season or later, per ESPN Stats & Info:
ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo
Alex Ovechkin @Capitals has recorded his 23rd career hat trick, tying Jari Kurri for 10th-most in NHL history. Ovechkin has 3 hat tricks in 2018-19 to become the first player with 3 hat tricks in his 14th season or later since Jaromir Jagr in 2005-06. https://t.co/I48OvQFhfn
With a win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday, Ovechkin and the Capitals would move to within one point of the New York Islanders in the Metropolitan Division going into the All-Star break.
Wednesday NHL Schedule
Washington at Toronto (7:30 p.m. ET)
Arizona at Montreal (7:30 p.m. ET)
Minnesota at Colorado (9:30 p.m. ET)
Nashville at Vegas (10 p.m. ET)
St. Louis at Anaheim (10 p.m. ET)
Carolina at Vancouver (10:30 p.m. ET)
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