WASHINGTON (AP) -Alex Ovechkin scored a hat trick in Washington's six-goal first period, and he finished with five points in the Capitals' 10-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Monday.
Ovechkin's three goals give him a league-leading 52 and made him the first to 50 in the NHL this season. He's the third player in franchise history to reach that mark.
He was credited with a fourth goal in the third period, but official scorers changed it later, giving him an assist on Brooks Laich's power-play goal that made it 9-2.
Ovechkin's two assists gave him 38 as Washington snapped Boston's six-game winning streak.
Linemate Nicklas Backstrom added three assists in the first period and scored once in the second period. Laich and Matt Bradley scored two goals apiece, and Eric Fehr added three assists.
The 10 goals were a season-high for Washington.

Top NHL Public Bets

NHL Top Stories

Thumbnail Penguins vs. Capitals Game 1 Pick Will the Washington Capitalsavoid another slow start to a series when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins...
Thumbnail Rangers vs. Senators Game 1 Pick Will the Ottawa Senators open their Eastern Conference semifinal with a win when they host the New York Rangers in Game 1 tonight at...
Thumbnail Oilers vs. Ducks Game 1 Pick Will the Anaheim Ducksstay perfect in the NHL Playoffswhen they host the Edmonton Oilers...
Thumbnail Wild vs. Blues Game 1 Pick The second round of the NHL Playoffs begin today when the St. Louis Blues host the Nashville Predators in Game 1 of their series...
Thumbnail Updated Stanley Cup Odds The Stanley Cup Playoffs are down to their final eight teams. Here is an updated look at the odds to claim the Cup as we enter the...

NHL Team Pages