Despite the Capitals looking rusty in the first two periods of their season opener, they dominated the Ottawa Senators in shot attempts 36-23. The dam broke in the third period.
Alex Ovechkin scored three goals in a six-minute and thirty-three second span. It was Ovechkin’s 18th career hat trick.
The Russian machine is now tied with Mike Modano for 24th on the NHL’s all-time goal list.