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Before Gretzky scored 88 goals: a video review of Ovechkin’s hat-trick


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Moscow, January 1 – The Washington Capitals beat the Montreal Canadiens in the NHL regular season.
The meeting, which took place in the American capital, ended with the victory of the host country with a score of 9: 2 (2: 0, 3: 2, 4: 0). The main hero of the meeting was the captain of the Russian “Washington” Alexander Ovechkin, recognized as the first star of the match. The 37-year-old forward scored hat-tricks, scoring his 804th, 805th and 806th goals in his NHL career. He fell to 88 goals behind Wayne Gretzky’s record of 894 in the regular season.
Ovechkin has 30 triples in his career. Wayne Gretzky (50 triples), Mario Lemieux (40), Mike Bossy (39), Brett Hull (33) and Phil Esposito (32) have more Russians on their account.

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Russian striker Yevgeny Kuznetsov also scored an assist hat-trick in the match against Montreal.

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