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Ovechkin hat trick lifts Caps over Wings

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

WASHINGTON (AP) In his first season as a Stanley Cup champion, Alex Ovechkin is enjoying hockey as much as ever.

It showed again Tuesday night, when he scored his 21st hat trick and first this season to lift the Washington Capitals over the Detroit Red Wings 6-2.

The 33-year-old Ovechkin entered the night in a familiar spot as the NHL's goal leader. He has 25 following his hat trick, halfway to a potential eighth 50-goal season. His team has won three straight, and 10 out of 12.

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Plus/Minus
Rank Player +/-
1 G. Landeskog, Col21
2t T. Brodie, Cgy19
2t M. Kempny, Was19
2t R. McDonagh, TB19
2t M. Rantanen, Col19
6 J. Skinner, Buf18
7t J. Carlson, Was17
7t K. Kapanen, Tor17
7t C. Sissons, Nsh17
10t M. Giordano, Cgy16
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Wins
Rank Player W
1t F. Andersen, Tor17
1t M. Fleury, VGK17
3 L. Domingue, TB14
4t C. Hellebuyck, Wpg13
4t P. Rinne, Nsh13
6t C. Anderson, Ott12
6t J. Gibson, Anh12
6t B. Holtby, Was12
6t C. Hutton, Buf12
6t M. Jones, SJ12
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