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Ovechkin grabs goals lead with hat trick

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Scoring more than 500 goals in the NHL hasn't come without Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin being opportunistic. Thursday night was another example of being in the right place at the right time - with an unrivaled scoring touch.

Ovechkin scored three times in the second period for his 14th career hat trick, and Washington held on to beat the Minnesota Wild 4-3.

"It's incredible, the puck just comes to him," said teammate Nicklas Backstrom, who assisted on all three goals. "But he has that ability when it comes, to put it in the net. It's hard to do."

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Rank Player +/-
1t D. Larkin, Det26
1t T. Toffoli, LA26
3 E. Kuznetsov, Was24
4t P. Kane, Chi23
4t A. Ovechkin, Was23
6t N. Backstrom, Was20
6t B. Campbell, Fla20
6t A. Ekblad, Fla20
6t A. Kopitar, LA20
6t C. Kunitz, Pit20
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Rank Player W
1 B. Holtby, Was35
2 C. Crawford, Chi31
3 J. Quick, LA28
4 H. Lundqvist, NYR27
5 M. Jones, SJ25
6t R. Luongo, Fla24
6t C. Schneider, NJ24
8 C. Anderson, Ott22
9t B. Bishop, TB21
9t M. Fleury, Pit21
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