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Capitals vs. Senators Recap: Dueling Hat Tricks Go Washington’s Way

T.J. Oshie’s hat trick powers Washington to a 7 to 5 win in Ottawa.

Washington Capitals v Ottawa Senators Photo by André Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images

In Washington’s first visit to Canada’s capital city Drake Batherson and T.J. Oshie stole the show in a thrilling 7 to 5 Capitals victory.

Here’s Monday night’s Plus/Minus:

Plus: Connor McMichael picked up his first NHL point with an assist and then added another for good measure and memory.

Minus: Giving away a three goal lead in just 5:19 of play.

Thirteen more notes on the game:

  1. Batherson got the scoring started at 2:26 with a seeing eye shortside shot that cleared Ilya Samsonov’s left shoulder before tucking itself inside the right goalpost.
  2. Oshie then got Washington’s on the scoreboard exactly four minutes later. A hard Trevor van Riemsdyk pass through the crease allow Oshie to shovel the puck up and over Anton Forsberg.
  3. Oshie’s hot stick netted the next goal as well by whipping home an impressive Anthony Mantha pass from just outside of the slot.
  4. Nick Jensen was next, netting his second (!) of the young season. A deep shot found its way through old friend Zach Sanford and then past a screened Forsberg.
  5. With five minutes to play in the first John Carlson completed the frame’s scoring. Martin Fehérváry and Lars Eller worked the puck to Carlson and he took his sweet time finding his first of the year.
  6. Carlson’s goal was the final of Forsberg’s night, ending the evening with 12 saves on 16 shots. Filip Gustavsson came on in relief for Ottawa.
  7. Josh Norris drew the Senators within two early in the second. Batherson and Artem Zub worked the puck to Norris and the defenseman’s loaded stick hit its mark.
  8. Less than four minutes later Chris Tierney cut the deficit to a single goal. Strong power play puck movement from Tierney and Tyler Ennis allowed the former to slam the puck past Samsonov from in close.
  9. Batherson’s second of the game evened the score in the second. A bounce off of Brady Tkachuk gave Batherson everything he needed to curl the puck around Samsonov and tally the tying goal.
  10. Alex Ovechkin would right Washington’s ship by delivering a needed goal. After blocking a Nikita Zaitsev shot Ovechkin raced out on a breakaway and danced the puck between Gustavsson’s knees to restore the lead.
  11. And Oshie gave the Capitals some breathing room by completing the hat trick with eight seconds to go in the middle frame. Oshie’s failed wraparound found its way into the net off of Nick Holden’s skate for his third of the night.
  12. Batherson completed his hat trick in the third period on a shot worth forgetting in the third period.
  13. Not to let a moment slip by unused Ovechkin tallied his 737th career goal with a sharp shot from the slot late in the frame. Tom Wilson’s assist on the play was his seventh of the season.