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The Noon Number: Power Trick

A look at a surprisingly rare feat for the Great 8

NHL: Washington Capitals at Minnesota Wild Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

10,395 - Number of days that have passed since the last time the Capitals had a player score at least three power-play goals in a single game.

Alex Ovechkin accomplished the feat last night in the overtime win over Minnesota, marking the first time he’s done so in his career (with his 17th career hat trick). He is the first Cap to do so since Mike Ridley scored three power-play goals (part of a four-goal, five-point night overall for #17) back on October 11, 1988 against the Penguins.

It’s something that only three Caps have done in franchise history, with Ridley and Ovechkin joining Chris Valentine (four power-play goals against Hartford in February of 1982).

Ovechkin also becomes the 67th NHLer to have a hat trick of power-play tallies since the start of the 1987-88 season - and the fourth this season, the most in a single season since six players did so back in 2007.