WASHINGTON -- Alexander Ovechkin scored three goals in the first period of Washington's 10-2 win against Boston on Monday night, giving him 52 for the season.
The Capitals star scored on a breakaway 6:18 into the game to become the first player in the NHL to reach 50 goals this season.
Fifty seconds later, he scored his 51st goal. He got No. 52, matching the career high he set in his rookie season of 2005-06, with 4:29 left in the first period for his fifth career hat trick.