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OVECHKIN SHINES AS CAPS BEAT PENS

Friday, 09.30.2005 / 12:00 AM / Pittsburgh Penguins
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OVECHKIN SHINES AS CAPS BEAT PENS

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Alex Ovechkin is getting comfortable in the NHL, unfortunately for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Ovechkin, who had not registered a point for the Washington Capitals in his first NHL preseason, scored three goals and added an assist Friday night in a 4-3 win over the Penguins.

Erik Christensen gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead with 2:01 left in the first period. Tomas Surovy and Michel Ouellet assisted on the goal.

Ouellet recorded his second point of the night when he fired a shot past Maxime Ouellet (no relation) for a power-play goal 2:11 into the second period. Rob Scuderi and Konstantin Koltsov got the assists.

Alex Ovechkin scored his first goal in a Capitals uniform when he popped a rebound past Sebastien Caron to slice Pittsburgh’s lead to 2-1 with 14:40 left in the period.

Ovechkin tallied his second point of the night when his slapshot was deflected by Jeff Halpern trickled through Caron and barely into the net with 1:25 left in the second. It was a power-play goal.

Ovechkin produced point No. 3 with a short-handed goal 3:09 into the third period.

Ovechkin completed the hat-trick with 7:15 to play when he beat Caron to make it 4-2.

Lasse Pirjeta sliced the Penguins’ deficit to 4-3 with 2:34 to play. Rico Fata and Scuderi assisted on the goal.

Ovechkin even scored in the shootout to give the Capitals a 2-1 victory.

The Penguins return to action at 7:30 p.m. Sunday against the Capitals.

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