PRINT SCHEDULES FOOTBALL | BASKETBALL | HOCKEY
Refresh
Page last updated on Mon Jan 26 07:25:10 EST 2015
RECAP
02/23/2013 4:24 PM EST
Ovechkin's hat trick leads Caps past Devils 5-1
WASHINGTON 5, NEW JERSEY 1

By HOWARD FENDRICH
AP Sports Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) -- After producing his first hat trick in more
than two years, Alex Ovechkin wanted to give some credit to
Washington Capitals coach Adam Oates.



"He's that kind of person," Ovechkin explained, "who gives me
belief all the time."



So when Ovechkin texted Oates the other day, lamenting that it
seemed as though the puck simply did not want to go in the net,
the first-time NHL head coach replied: "It's going to come."



Sure did Saturday, over and over again. Ovechkin scored three
goals in a game for the first time since Jan. 22, 2011, leading
the last-place Capitals to a much-needed 5-1 victory over the
New Jersey Devils.



"For a player, if you feel that kind of trust from a coach,
coaching staff, it's very important," Ovechkin said after his
11th career hat trick. "And teammates see it."



He's been something less than the player who stormed into the
NHL by averaging 53 goals over his first five seasons, with two
MVP awards. That average dipped to 35 goals the past two
seasons, and he hadn't even scored two goals in a game since a
loss to Winnipeg on March 23, 2012. He entered Saturday with
only five goals this season - going without a point in half of
Washington's previous 16 games, including Thursday's 3-2 loss to
New Jersey - but broke out in a big way.



"All I can tell you is that we have to find a way to slow him
down and stop him," Devils coach Peter DeBoer said, "and we
didn't do that."



Not even close.



"You know what kind of player he is," Devils goalie Johan
Hedberg said. "You let him execute, he's going to hurt you."



Alternating between his customary left wing and the right side,
precisely how Oates wants, Ovechkin put Washington ahead 1-0 by
sending a one-timer past Hedberg from the left circle off a pass
from Mike Ribeiro, who finished with two assists.



Ovechkin celebrated by dropping to a knee and pumping his right
fist before spinning and skating over to the boards to slam
against the glass with both gloves.



"You want to see your go-to guy get some," Oates said. "Him
scoring first for us gets the place going. The fans love him.
The place is rocking. It obviously helps the team."



Ilya Kovalchuk's goal with 37.5 seconds left in the second
period tied the game for New Jersey, but Ovechkin put Washington
ahead to stay 1:23 into the third on a rush. This one was a
"rocket," as Hedberg put it, from the right circle, through the
legs of Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov.



Ovechkin's third goal was on a power play, with a little under 5
minutes remaining. He also added an assist later on Troy
Brouwer's power play goal, for good measure.



Yes, and as Ovechkin goes, so go the Capitals.



Washington came into the game with an 0-7-1 record against the
top eight teams in the Eastern Conference, and 5-10-1 overall,
good for only 11 standings points, the fewest in the 30-team
league.



"It is good to see him bust out. We need him to score to be
successful, we all know that," Brouwer said. "We can't have him
just being static and waiting for other guys to feed him the
puck. He was in there, working hard, creating his own chances."



The Capitals got contributions elsewhere, too, of course, as
though pushed to play better by seeing their captain excel.



Eric Fehr netted Washington's first short-handed goal of the
season - and his fourth score in five games after getting zero
in his first nine games - and goalie Braden Holtby made 21
saves.



Holtby also stopped Steve Bernier's penalty shot in the second
period. During a power play, Bernier broke behind the defense
after a stop in play at the other end, and Washington's Tom Poti
dragged him to the ice. But Bernier's penalty shot went off the
edge of Holtby's right pad, prompting chants of "Holt-beee!
Holt-beee!" from the stands.



Ovechkin, of course, earned plenty of cheers, too, from
red-wearing spectators thrilled to see him show off the skills
and energy like the "Alex the Great" of old.



"That's his whole game - emotion. Brings the team up when you
see that," Holtby said. "That's what we expect of him, being our
captain, is to score those goals."



Notes: The Devils have lost three of their last four games,
including one via shootout. ... Capitals D Mike Green sat out
his third game in a row with a lower-body injury. ... Hedberg
was making his fifth start this season and first in a week.
Martin Brodeur got a day off.

TOP TEN WAGERS
RK Team
1
Portland Trailblazers
2
Memphis Grizzlies
3
Sacramento Kings
4
Syracuse
5
Iowa State
01/26/2015
ATP - Australian OpenDJOKOVIC, NOVAK vs. MULLER, GILLES01:15 AM PST
Greece - Super LeaguePLATANIAS vs. ERGOTELIS09:30 AM PST
Italy - Serie AEMPOLI vs. UDINESE10:00 AM PST
Intl - Africa Cup of NationsCAPE VERDE vs. ZAMBIA10:00 AM PST
Intl - Africa Cup of NationsCONGO DEMO REP vs. TUNISIA10:00 AM PST
Turkey - Süper LigGENCLERBIRLIGI ANKARA vs. BESIKTAS JK10:00 AM PST
Israel - Premier LeagueM NETANYA vs. B JERUSALEM10:15 AM PST
France - Ligue 2ANGERS vs. S BRESTOIS11:30 AM PST
Spain - La LigaGETAFE vs. CELTA11:45 AM PST
England - FA CupROCHDALE vs. STOKE12:00 PM PST
Italy - Serie ANAPOLI vs. GENOA12:00 PM PST
Portugal - Primeira LigaP FERREIRA vs. BENFICA12:00 PM PST
NBATrail Blazers vs Nets4:35 PM PST
NBAKings vs Knicks4:35 PM PST
NBAMagic vs Grizzlies5:05 PM PST
NBA76ers vs Pelicans5:05 PM PST
NBATimberwolves vs Thunder5:05 PM PST
NBACeltics vs Jazz6:05 PM PST
NBANuggets vs Clippers7:35 PM PST
01/27/2015
Intl - AFC Asian CupAUSTRALIA vs. UTD ARAB EMIRATES01:00 AM PST
Intl - Africa Cup of NationsSENEGAL vs. ALGERIA10:00 AM PST
Intl - Africa Cup of NationsSOUTH AFRICA vs. GHANA10:00 AM PST
England - ChampionshipROTHERHAM UTD vs. BOLTON11:45 AM PST
England - ChampionshipSHEFFIELD WED vs. BIRMINGHAM11:45 AM PST
England - ChampionshipMILLWALL vs. READING11:45 AM PST
England - ChampionshipDERBY vs. BLACKBURN11:45 AM PST
England - Conference PremierEASTLEIGH vs. GRIMSBY11:45 AM PST
England - Conference PremierTELFORD UTD vs. HALIFAX11:45 AM PST
England - Conference PremierCHESTER vs. LINCOLN11:45 AM PST
England - League CupCHELSEA vs. LIVERPOOL11:45 AM PST
Italy - Coppa ItaliaMILAN vs. LAZIO11:45 AM PST
Mexico - Copa MXNECAXA vs. TIJUANA5:00 PM PST
Mexico - Copa MXLOBOS B.U.A.P. vs. IRAPUATO5:00 PM PST
Mexico - Copa MXZACATEPEC vs. UNAM PUMAS5:00 PM PST
Mexico - Copa MXZACATECAS vs. SANTOS7:00 PM PST
01/28/2015
Intl - Africa Cup of NationsCAMEROON vs. IVORY COAST10:00 AM PST
Intl - Africa Cup of NationsREP OF GUINEA vs. MALI10:00 AM PST
Bolivia - Liga Profesional BolivianaU DE PANDO vs. BOLIVAR11:00 AM PST
England - League CupSHEFFIELD UTD vs. TOTTENHAM11:45 AM PST
Italy - Coppa ItaliaPARMA vs. JUVENTUS11:45 AM PST
Wales -Premier LeagueNEW SAINTS vs. CARMARTHEN11:45 AM PST
Spain - Copa del ReyATL MADRID vs. BARCELONA12:00 PM PST
Costa Rica - Primera DivisionUCR vs. HEREDIANO1:00 PM PST
Costa Rica - Primera DivisionBELEN vs. ALAJUELENSE1:00 PM PST
Bolivia - Liga Profesional BolivianaB REAL POTOSI vs. J WILSTERMANN3:00 PM PST
Bolivia - Liga Profesional BolivianaSTRONGEST vs. BLOOMING4:00 PM PST
Mexico - Copa MXVERACRUZ vs. EST DE ALTAMIRA5:00 PM PST
Mexico - Copa MXU DE GUAD vs. CORAS TEPIC5:00 PM PST
Mexico - Copa MXALEBRIJES vs. JAGUARES5:00 PM PST
Mexico - Copa MXCORRECAMINOS vs. MONTERREY7:00 PM PST
Mexico - Copa MXD DE SINALOA vs. GUAD CHIVAS7:00 PM PST
Mexico - Copa MXTOLUCA vs. MERIDA7:00 PM PST
01/29/2015
Spain - Copa del ReyGETAFE vs. VILLARREAL11:00 AM PST
England - Football League TrophyBRISTOL vs. GILLINGHAM11:45 AM PST
Spain - Copa del ReyATH BILBAO vs. MALAGA1:00 PM PST
Spain - Copa del ReySEVILLA vs. ESPANYOL1:00 PM PST
Bolivia - Liga Profesional BolivianaO PETROLERO vs. U DE SUCRE4:30 PM PST
01/30/2015
France - Ligue 2S BRESTOIS vs. ORLEANS11:00 AM PST
France - Ligue 2AJACCIO vs. CLERMONT11:00 AM PST
France - Ligue 2S LAVALLOIS vs. TROYES11:00 AM PST
France - Ligue 2O NIMES vs. N LORRAINE11:00 AM PST
France - Ligue 2CHAMOIS vs. CRETEIL11:00 AM PST
France - Ligue 2SOCHAUX vs. A AVIGNON11:00 AM PST
France - Ligue 2TOURS vs. AJACCIO11:00 AM PST
France - Ligue 2CHATEAUROUX vs. ANGERS11:00 AM PST
Holland - EredivisieDORDRECHT vs. HEERENVEEN11:00 AM PST
France - Ligue 1PSG vs. S RENNES11:30 AM PST
Germany - BundesligaWOLFSBURG vs. B MÃœNCHEN11:30 AM PST
England - ChampionshipBOURNEMOUTH vs. WATFORD11:45 AM PST
Scotland - PremierP THISTLE vs. ST MIRREN11:45 AM PST
Spain - La LigaR VALLECANO vs. DEP LA CORUNA11:45 AM PST
Portugal - Primeira LigaSP BRAGA vs. MOREIRENSE12:30 PM PST
Chile - PrimeraHUACHIPATO vs. COBRESAL1:30 PM PST
Mexico - Liga de AscensoLOBOS B.U.A.P. vs. ZACATEPEC3:00 PM PST
Chile - PrimeraDEP IQUIQUE vs. SANTIAGO WAND4:00 PM PST
Mexico - PrimeraQUERETARO vs. SANTOS5:30 PM PST
Mexico - Liga de AscensoIRAPUATO vs. ATLANTE6:00 PM PST
Mexico - PrimeraTIJUANA vs. MORELIA7:30 PM PST
01/31/2015
England - ChampionshipBRENTFORD vs. MIDDLESBROUGH04:15 AM PST
England - Premier LeagueHULL vs. NEWCASTLE04:45 AM PST
France - Ligue 2AUXERRE vs. DIJON05:00 AM PST
Greece - Super LeaguePANIONIOS vs. PANTHRAKIKOS05:00 AM PST
Germany - BundesligaSCHALKE vs. HANNOVER06:30 AM PST
England - Premier LeagueCRYSTAL P vs. EVERTON07:00 AM PST
England - Premier LeagueLIVERPOOL vs. WEST HAM07:00 AM PST
England - Premier LeagueMAN UTD vs. LEICESTER07:00 AM PST
England - Premier LeagueSTOKE vs. QPR07:00 AM PST
England - Premier LeagueSUNDERLAND vs. BURNLEY07:00 AM PST
England - Premier LeagueWEST BROM vs. TOTTENHAM07:00 AM PST
England - ChampionshipCARDIFF vs. DERBY07:00 AM PST
England - Conference PremierALTRINCHAM vs. ALDERSHOT07:00 AM PST
England - Conference PremierDARTFORD vs. BRISTOL07:00 AM PST
England - Conference PremierHALIFAX vs. BARNET07:00 AM PST
England - Conference PremierFOREST GREEN vs. NUNEATON07:00 AM PST
England - Conference PremierKIDDERMINSTER vs. EASTLEIGH07:00 AM PST
England - Conference PremierLINCOLN vs. DOVER ATH07:00 AM PST
England - Conference PremierSOUTHPORT vs. GATESHEAD07:00 AM PST
England - Conference PremierWELLING UTD vs. CHESTER07:00 AM PST
England - Conference PremierWOKING vs. ALFRETON07:00 AM PST
England - Conference PremierWREXHAM vs. TORQUAY UTD07:00 AM PST
Israel - Premier LeagueM HAIFA vs. M PETACH TIKVA07:00 AM PST
Scotland - PremierABERDEEN vs. DUNDEE UTD07:00 AM PST
Scotland - PremierCELTIC vs. KILMARNOCK07:00 AM PST
Scotland - PremierMOTHERWELL vs. ST JOHNSTONE07:00 AM PST
Spain - La LigaR MADRID vs. R SOCIEDAD07:00 AM PST
Greece - Super LeagueAEL KALLONI vs. A TRIPOLIS07:15 AM PST
France - Ligue 1O MARSEILLE vs. EVIAN07:30 AM PST
Israel - Premier LeagueH BNEI SAKHNIN vs. H HAIFA08:00 AM PST
Israel - Premier LeagueH PETACH TIKVA vs. M NETANYA08:30 AM PST
Ecuador - Serie AU CATOLICA DEL ECU vs. IND DEL VALLE09:00 AM PST
Italy - Serie AGENOA vs. FIORENTINA09:00 AM PST
Portugal - Primeira LigaBENFICA vs. BOAVISTA09:00 AM PST
Spain - La LigaEIBAR vs. ATL MADRID09:00 AM PST
Spain - Segunda DivisionSABADELL vs. BARCELONA B09:00 AM PST
Spain - Segunda DivisionALBACETE vs. TENERIFE09:00 AM PST
Spain - Segunda DivisionPONFERRADINA vs. SP GIJON09:00 AM PST
Spain - Segunda DivisionNUMANCIA vs. BETIS09:15 AM PST
Israel - Premier LeagueH BEER SHEVA vs. H AKKO09:20 AM PST
England - Premier LeagueCHELSEA vs. MAN CITY09:30 AM PST
Greece - Super LeagueP THESSALONIKI vs. PANAITOLIKOS09:30 AM PST
Holland - EredivisiePSV vs. WILLEM II09:30 AM PST
Portugal - Primeira LigaNAC MADEIRA vs. BELENENSES09:30 AM PST
Holland - EredivisieGRONINGEN vs. GO A EAGLES10:45 AM PST
Holland - EredivisieEXCELSIOR vs. NAC BREDA10:45 AM PST
Brazil - Carioca, Serie ABOTAFOGO vs. BOAVISTA11:00 AM PST
Brazil - Carioca, Serie ABANGU vs. MADUREIRA11:00 AM PST
Brazil - Paulista, Serie A1BRAGANTINO vs. SAO BERNARDO11:00 AM PST
Brazil - Paulista, Serie A1AUDAX vs. PALMEIRAS11:00 AM PST
Brazil - Paulista, Serie A1RIO CLARO vs. BOTAFOGO11:00 AM PST
Bolivia - Liga Profesional BolivianaSTRONGEST vs. U DE PANDO11:00 AM PST
Chile - PrimeraDEP U LA CALERA vs. U ESPANOLA11:00 AM PST
France - Ligue 1LENS vs. BASTIA11:00 AM PST
France - Ligue 1LORIENT vs. MONTPELLIER11:00 AM PST
France - Ligue 1METZ vs. NICE11:00 AM PST
France - Ligue 1NANTES vs. LILLE11:00 AM PST
France - Ligue 1TOULOUSE vs. S DE REIMS11:00 AM PST
Paraguay - Primera DivisionRUBIO vs. O ASUNCION11:00 AM PST
Paraguay - Primera DivisionGUARANI A vs. NAC ASUNCION11:00 AM PST
Paraguay - Primera DivisionSOL DE AMERICA vs. DEP CAPIATA11:00 AM PST
Paraguay - Primera DivisionSP LUQUENO vs. GRAL DIAZ11:00 AM PST
Paraguay - Primera DivisionLIB ASUNCION vs. CERRO PORTENO11:00 AM PST
Paraguay - Primera DivisionDEP SANTANI vs. SAN LORENZO11:00 AM PST
Spain - La LigaGRANADA vs. ELCHE11:00 AM PST
Spain - Segunda DivisionLEGANES vs. LLAGOSTERA11:00 AM PST
Spain - Segunda DivisionMIRANDES vs. RACING11:00 AM PST
Holland - EredivisieTWENTE vs. C LEEUWARDEN11:45 AM PST
Italy - Serie AROMA vs. EMPOLI11:45 AM PST
Spain - Segunda DivisionU DEP LAS PALMAS vs. MALLORCA12:00 PM PST
Portugal - Primeira LigaPENAFIEL vs. V GUIMARAES12:15 PM PST
Venezuela - Primera DivisionDEP LA GUAIRA vs. TRUJILLANOS12:30 PM PST
Spain - La LigaCELTA vs. CORDOBA1:00 PM PST
Brazil - Paulista, Serie A1CAPIVARIANO vs. RB BRASIL1:30 PM PST
Chile - PrimeraU DE CHILE vs. ANTOFAGASTA1:30 PM PST
Brazil - Paulista, Serie A1PIRACICABA vs. MOGI MIRIM3:00 PM PST
Mexico - PrimeraPUEBLA vs. CRUZ AZUL3:00 PM PST
Mexico - PrimeraAMERICA vs. UANL TIGRES3:00 PM PST
Mexico - Liga de AscensoALEBRIJES vs. ATL SAN LUIS3:00 PM PST
Mexico - Liga de AscensoNECAXA vs. CORRECAMINOS3:00 PM PST
Chile - PrimeraAUDAX vs. PALESTINO4:00 PM PST
Mexico - PrimeraMONTERREY vs. VERACRUZ5:00 PM PST
Mexico - Liga de AscensoD DE SINALOA vs. ZACATECAS5:00 PM PST
Mexico - Liga de AscensoCORAS TEPIC vs. MERIDA6:00 PM PST
Mexico - PrimeraLEON vs. JAGUARES6:06 PM PST
Mexico - PrimeraATLAS DE GUAD vs. UNAM PUMAS7:00 PM PST
02/01/2015
NFLPatriots vs Seahawks3:30 PM PST
02/14/2015
Poland - EkstraklasaC KRAKOW vs. S WROCLAW09:00 AM PST
Poland - EkstraklasaBELCHATOW vs. POD BIELSKO B09:00 AM PST
Poland - EkstraklasaG ZABRZE vs. K KIELCE09:00 AM PST
Poland - EkstraklasaL GDANSK vs. W KRAKOW09:00 AM PST
Poland - EkstraklasaL WARSZAWA vs. JAG BIALYSTOK09:00 AM PST
Poland - EkstraklasaP SZCZECIN vs. L POZNAN09:00 AM PST
Poland - EkstraklasaR CHORZOW vs. P GLIWICE09:00 AM PST
Poland - EkstraklasaZ BYDGOSZCZ vs. G LECZNA09:00 AM PST
03/03/2015
Germany - DFB PokalB LEVERKUSEN vs. KAISERSLAUTERN10:00 AM PST
Germany - DFB PokalOFFENBACHER vs. B MÖNCHENGLADBACH10:00 AM PST
Germany - DFB PokalB MÃœNCHEN vs. E BRAUNSCHWEIG10:00 AM PST
Germany - DFB PokalAALEN vs. HOFFENHEIM10:00 AM PST
Germany - DFB PokalLEIPZIG vs. WOLFSBURG10:00 AM PST
Germany - DFB PokalARMINIA B vs. W BREMEN10:00 AM PST
Germany - DFB PokalFREIBURG vs. KÖLN10:00 AM PST
Germany - DFB PokalD DRESDEN vs. B DORTMUND10:00 AM PST